Michael Laudrup resigns at Real Mallorca

Michael Laudrup has resigned as Coach of Real Mallorca following the sacking on Tuesday of his assistant Erik Larsen for ‘gross misconduct.

Larsen had criticised the club’s owner and majority shareholder Lorenzo Serra Ferrer at the weekend, calling him a ‘bad person’, with Laudrup now following him out of the Iberostar Stadium, and at a short Press conference he blamed the environment in which he was forced to work for his decision.

“One of the important things in football is the climate in which you work,” he said. “You can win or lose but you need to enjoy it.” Laudrup went on to say that “it had been a major challenge for the youngsters and the older players,” one that he had not been able to build upon.

Finally, he gave his view on the club’s current situation: “Mallorca will be what Serra Ferrer wants it to be,” he said.

Laudrup’s resignation comes after a summer of discontent in which he described Serra Ferrer’s buying strategy as ‘improvisation’, fuelled by the loss of some key players and a failure to sign adequate replacements.

The former Barcelona and Real Madrid player took over at the Iberostar Stadium before the start of the 2010/11 season and managed to avoid relegation on a dramatic final day. Although Sunday’s victory over Real Sociedad (2-1) appeared to have calmed matters Mallorca will now be looking for another Coach immediately, with former Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla boss Joaqu

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