Friday 08 March 2013
Swansea City have received a boost ahead of their trip to West Bromwich Albion with the news that manager Michael Laudrup has signed a new contract with the club.
The 48-year-old Dane, who replaced Liverpool-bound Brendan Rodgers at the Liberty Stadium last summer, has signed a one-year extension to keep him at Swansea until June 2015.
Laudrup has shone in his first managerial job in the Barclays Premier League, guiding Swansea to their first major trophy, with a 5-0 victory over Bradford City in the Capital One Cup final last month.
He has maintained the club’s tradition of attractive and free-flowing football and has guided Swansea to eighth in the League table with 10 matches to go.
"He has ensured that we have progressed again this season"
"We've started something this season that I want to continue," Laudrup told the club's website. "I know there has been a lot of speculation [about my future] but I've always said that I am happy here and I never had any doubts I would stay.
"I am delighted to sign the new deal and I'm already really looking forward to next season. I hope there will be some very exciting things happening with the team and with the club in Europe."
Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins was delighted to announce the extension and added that Laudrup, who had a glittering playing career for the likes of Juventus, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Ajax and Denmark, had exceeded expectations.
"You can never guarantee how things will work out when you employ a new manager, especially after the success we’ve had in recent seasons but everyone has seen for themselves that Michael has helped take this football club to another level," said Jenkins.
"He is a pleasure to work with because he shares the same philosophy as everyone at this football club. He has ensured that we have progressed again this season and I am convinced his knowledge, experience and expertise will ensure we keep moving forward for the next few years."