Former Swansea boss Laudrup explains his sacking

Michael Laudrup has explained that he was sacked as manager of Swansea City because he refused to change his backroom staff during a run of poor results, Sky Sports has reported.

The Dane was sacked on February 4 with the Swans sitting just three points above the drop zone and struggling for wins. That was despite Laudrup leading the club to their first ever major trophy last season, and into Europe. Club captain Garry Monk has since been placed in temporary charge.

Speaking at a press conference to explain his dismissal, Laudrup said: “We had a fantastic first season, best season ever with a trophy and ninth place in the league, and it was sad not to have been given the chance to finish the job I had started.

“Before I left at the end of last season I gave my word to the players and fans that I would stay but in mid-January I was told they were not satisfied with my staff… I mean the manager, the whole coaching staff.

“We spoke about it. I listened but didn’t agree with what was being said, then I got another message telling me I should ‘really, really consider changing the staff… more than consider.

“I told them we had already spoken about this and we agreed to meet the following Tuesday, when again we discussed changing the staff. Once again I said we had talked about that and it was a big mistake speaking of it the week before two big games with Cardiff and Stoke.

“Next thing, and what surprised me, was that I had a meeting for Tuesday with the chairman but on the Monday all the things we discussed were in the papers.

“We ended up saying we have to stay together, we shook hands and he said ‘thank you very much for the work you are doing for the club and wanting to help the club’.

“But later that afternoon, while I was talking on the phone I received a mail telling me due to a breach of contract my employment was being terminated.”

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