Michael Laudrup sacked: Danish manager yet to receive a reason as to why he was dismissed as he reveals he is taking legal advice over Swansea exit
Laudrup also confirmed that the club would not let him attend the training ground to say goodbye to the players following his sacking in Tuesday night
Friday 07 February 2014
Michael Laudrup has revealed he is taking legal advice over his sacking as Swansea manager after being given “no reasons” for his treatment.
Just a year after leading the Swans to League Cup glory - the first major trophy in the club's history - Laudrup was dismissed on Tuesday following a poor run of form.
Veteran defender Garry Monk was named as caretaker boss in the Dane's stead and, on the same day that he gave his first press conference in the role, Laudrup lifted the lid on his discussions with the League Managers' Association.
"I am deeply disappointed to have been dismissed as manager of Swansea City," it read.
"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. Three members of my staff have also been dismissed.
"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.
"Whilst league results have been disappointing of late, we are still 12th in the table and it is there for all to see the fine margins in the league this season in terms of points that separate 11 clubs."
Monk held his first training session on Wednesday and did his best to fend off some awkward questions from the press 24 hours later.
One of those related to defender Chico Flores, who was involved in a training ground bust-up with Monk last month.
The club have played down some of the more colourful accounts of the incident and Monk, a Swansea captain in all four divisions, insisted it would have no effect on his team selection.
"Chico will be involved in the squad, zero problems whatsoever," Monk said.
"We had a talk today. Things have been blown up and we have had a laugh about it. He is a good man."
The 34-year-old also attempted to play down the upheaval Laudrup's exit would have on the club between now and the end of the season.
"We're all aware of what has happened this week. It has been a busy period," Monk said.
"I know the club and the players. Nothing here is new to me. We've lost players and managers in the past and we've dealt with that.
"That's industry we are in. We're used to those experiences."
Monk admitted the full-time job would be a dream role for him, even if it meant the end of his playing days.
"My ultimate aim would be to manage the club, (but) I am not a player-manager. If I am in (the team), I might not be seeing things elsewhere.
"If I have played my last game as a player, it would mean I have done well."
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