Michael Laudrup reveals details of Swansea sacking: 'We shook hands, then I was fired'

The Dane's case illustrates the high-handed treatment dished out to Premier League bosses – especially by clubs worried about the costly threat of relegation

Michael Laudrup has claimed he was sacked by email just six hours after shaking hands with Swansea chairman, Huw Jenkins, about his continued employment.

Coming after Rene Meulensteen sacking by Fulham – finally confirmed late tonight – Laudrup’s account of his “silly” and “incredible” departure this month illustrates the high-handed treatment dished out to Premier League managers – especially by clubs worried about the costly threat of relegation.

Laudrup, who guided Swansea to a League Cup triumph at Wembley a year ago this week – the club’s first major trophy – said at a specially convened press conference at a Heathrow hotel that it felt like “I have taken a lot of knocks to the head” and revealed he had not received a detailed explanation of the board’s decision until nine days after his exit.

Swansea were 12th in the Premier League and still in the Europa League and FA Cup on 4 February when Laudrup was sacked. They had won just one of their 10 previous league games and were two points above the drop zone, with the catalyst for his exit coming in the week prior to the 2-0 defeat to struggling West Ham on 1 February.

Jenkins asked the manager to consider changing his backroom staff but Laudrup refused. The request was repeated at a meeting three days after the West Ham game. Laudrup said: “On the Tuesday before training I had a meeting about the change of staff. I said it would be a big mistake to talk about this at this moment because it was in the week before one of our most important games, the Cardiff one.”

He added: “We ended up saying we have to stay together, we shook hands and he [Jenkins] says, ‘Thank you very much because you want to help the club’.

“Later that afternoon, while I’m talking on the phone, I receive a mail where it says that due to breach of contract, with immediate effect, my deal is terminated. It was just a few hours after we shook hands and, of course, I’m very, very confused.

“I called and I said, ‘What is going on?’ after we shook hands and everything, but he said, ‘Yeah, after thinking’ – it was a little difficult to hear what was said.

“I said, ‘By the way, what does breach mean?’ and he couldn’t explain that. He didn’t really know. While I’m on the phone, my wife is saying that things are already on the internet, that I’ve been dismissed.”

Defender Garry Monk took over as acting manager and Laudrup confirmed that he had not refused to bring the club stalwart in to join his coaching staff. He revealed he would take legal action if the compensation on the 18 months of his contract is not paid up and said he had been left in the dark about the reasons for his dismissal for over a week.

Laudrup claimed he did not refuse to allow Garry Monk (above) to join his coaching staff (Getty) Laudrup claimed he did not refuse to allow Garry Monk (above) to join his coaching staff (Getty)
“I had to wait nine days for a letter that said a lot of very silly things, which I can’t reveal,” Laudrup added. “I was just blocked.

“The League Managers’ Association rang me to tell me that, unfortunately, I am not a special case. Clubs are using things like this. If we cannot find a solution we will have to take the legal way.”

Swansea declined to comment, but at the time of Laudrup’s sacking Jenkins  said the decision was taken to provide “a stable environment at the club to allow us to get back to basics”.

Suggested Topics
News
A model of a Neanderthal man on display at the National Museum of Prehistory in Dordogne, France
science
News
Richard Dawkins dedicated his book 'The Greatest Show on Earth' to Josh Timonen
newsThat's Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome
Arts and Entertainment
Eye of the beholder? 'Concrete lasagne' Preston bus station
architectureWhich monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?
Extras
indybest
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
7 best quadcopters and drones

Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?