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Michael Laudrup Staying at Swansea Despite Agent Exit: Nightly Soccer Report

michael laudrup Michael Laudrup Staying at Swansea Despite Agent Exit: Nightly Soccer Report

The last two weeks have been a hectic time at Swansea City Football Club. There has been plenty of speculation in the press that the relations between manager Michael Laudrup and the Swansea board are broken. And now, we learned today that Swansea have completely cut ties with Laudrup’s agent Bayram Tutumlu who, Swansea City claimed, was trying to dictate the club’s transfer policy.

In reaction to not being allowed to speak to the club about transfers, here’s what Tutumlu said exclusively to the South Wales Evening Post newspaper:

“[Swansea Chairman Huw Jenkins] wants to bring in players who do not have the quality for Michael Laudrup.

“Huw Jenkins has paid me nothing, but I have spent a lot to try to bring players to Swansea.

“My relationship with Michael Laudrup is excellent, as he has told you himself.

“Nothing changes between me and Michael. I have known Michael for 25 years.”

Michael Laudrup was interviewed for the same article, and said:

“Bayram is my agent and that’s not going to change.

“If the club do not want to work with him or Bayram does not want to work with them, it’s their problem not mine.

“The only thing I care about is to have the best players possible at Swansea who are within range of the economy of the club.

“Again I must say that my intention is to stay – I have repeated it so many times in the last three months.

“I have 100 per cent confidence in Bayram, but if the club don’t want to work with him or he doesn’t want to work with them, they have to live with that. It will not change my relationship with Bayram one centimetre.

“The only thing I am interested in is having the best players at Swansea within the budget that is possible.

“That’s what I have been fighting for every day, last year when I arrived and this year as well. That will always be the most important thing for me wherever I end up in the future.”

What a mess. Obviously, Laudrup is pushing hard to twist Swansea’s arm to buy players that are more expensive than what the club is used to paying (their record transfer is just £5.5 million, which they spent last summer on Pablo Hernandez). Since the relationship between Laudrup’s agent and the club has been broken, that doesn’t bode well for Swansea in terms of keeping Laudrup at the club.

What are your thoughts on the matter? Should Laudrup’s agent be so involved in the transfer dealings, or are the club right in cutting off ties with him since he has no place dictating transfers? And, more importantly, do you think Laudrup will stay at the club or not? Share your viewpoint in the comments section below.

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3 Responses to Michael Laudrup Staying at Swansea Despite Agent Exit: Nightly Soccer Report

  1. Mufc77 says:

    They should never have started discussing transfers with his bloody agent in the first place. If a manager can’t deal directly with the owner/chairman on club matters then there is some kind of underlying problem.

    I said it before I wouldn’t let Laudrup dictate the transfer budget. Why let him put the club in debt just to turn around next year and clear off to a so called bigger club

  2. Gary says:

    Tough one to call. Since the board does not come off looking very good in this they may just give Laudrup enough money to get some of the players he wants. They would not want to be seen as the reason for Swansea not doing well going forward. But if the board holds firm and dictates all transfers then I can see him leaving for a bigger club and Swansea receiving compensation. I think this will be sorted out by early July.

  3. Marc L says:

    What on earth has gotten into the Manchester (United) Evening News? This is roughly the first reasonably fair and accurate thing I have read therein in forever:

    http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/big-spending-manchester-city-still-playing-4307773

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