Michael Laudrup has hit back at his former employers, criticising the way in which he was axed from Swansea City.
The former Barcelona midfielder was sacked on Tuesday evening, after a poor run of form left the Swans only two points clear of the relegation zone. A 2-0 defeat away to a ten-man West Ham appeared to be the last straw and chairman Huw Jenkins removed Laudrup from his post.
Now, the League Manager’s Assocication is writing to Swansea to explain the reasons for sacking Laudrup.
The former manager will also be taking legal action against his former employers and explained in a statement how he was upset by the club’s decision.
“I am deeply disappointed to have been dismissed as manager of Swansea City.”
“In particular, the manner in which it happened and the actions the club has taken since notifying me in the briefest of letters which gave no reasons why such hasty and final action was deemed necessary.”
“I am, of course taking legal advice and the LMA have already written to the club asking for a proper explanation as to why I was summarily dismissed.”
The Dane also revealed that the club had banned him from visiting the training ground to express his gratitude to the players.
“The club has informed me that I cannot visit the training ground to say my farewells to the players so I do that now through this statement.
The players have been fantastic and their contribution under the very professional guidance of my coaching staff has been absolutely fundamental to the club’s recent successes. Three members of my staff have also been dismissed”
Out of a possible 30 points, Swansea have only picked up six in their last ten games, dragging them into a relegation scrap not envisaged at the beginning of the season. This weekend’s derby against Cardiff has become a six-pointer and veteran centre back Garry Monk has been tasked with steadying the ship as caretaker head coach.
Laudrup will leave the club with a sense of achievement, taking the Swans into the Europa League after their League Cup triumph.
“I leave the club proud of our collective achievements over the past 20 months and I believe we have continued the club’s progression in the manner of my predecessors including Roberto Martinez and Brendan Rodgers”
“I wish the club the very best for the future and for the rest of the season in the Barclays Premier League, Europa League and the FA Cup.”