We keep watching the betting on SkyBet just to see how the odds are on candidates for the head coach position at Newcastle.
Michael Laudrup – 50 year-old Danish manager
And since the Chronicle has reported there is a man under consideration who has not been in the media spotlight much at all – maybe that man is former Swansea manager Michael Laudrup, whose odds have been slashed to 4/1.
Here;s the latest betting on SkyBet:
Remi Garde 2/1
Steve McClaren 11/4
John Carver 7/2
Michael Laudrup 4/1
The 50 year-old Dane had good success when he took over at Swansea in June of 2012, and in his first season in charge Swansea did very well and played some very good attacking football.
Swansea finished in 9th place in 2103 with 46 points – 5 points ahead of Newcatsel who were in 16th place.
But then things unraveled a bit in his second season in charge, and in early February of 2014 he was sacked by Swansea after a slump in Premier League results with Swansea just a couple of points above the relegation zone.
At the time of his firing there seemed to be bad feelings from Swansea Chairman Huw Jenkins who is said to have fired him by email.
When he was fired in February of 2014, it was later revealed the Chairman had already decided he would be fired at the end of that second season in charge.
Some of the due diligence on him undertaken by Newcastle has to be to look deeper into what actually happened at Swansea that they tailed off so dramatically in that second season.
Michael is currently working in Qatar on a one year deal when last June he became the new manager of Qatar Stars League champions Lekhwiya.
Michael could well be that mystery man at Newcastle – or else it’s Steve McClaren, who has been in the top three for the last week and his odds keep shortening and we know Mike Ashley likes appointing Englishmen to the position.
Michael has been in coaching since 2000 when he was appointed the assistant manager of Denmark and he’s had coaching stints at Brondby, Getafe, Spartak Moscow, Mallorca, Swansea City as well as in Qatar for the last year.
We think Michael would jump at the Newcastle job to get back into coaching in the Premier League.
Laudrup is part of a famous footballing family in Denmark and was a fantastic world-class midfielder in his career, which stretched from 1981 through 1998.
He won league titles with Ajax, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus, and in particular while at Barcelona from 1989 through 1994 he won nine trophies, including four straight La Liga titles.
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