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Swansea names Michael Laudrup as new manager

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SWANSEA, Wales (AP)

Former Denmark international Michael Laudrup was appointed new manager of Swansea Friday, replacing Brendan Rodgers, who joined Liverpool earlier this month.

The 48-year-old Laudrup signed a two-year deal with the club and vowed to continue Swansea's attractive, possession-based style of play that helped it become the first Welsh side to play in the Premier League last season, finishing in 11th place.

''Everyone knows the style of football Swansea play and it suits my way of thinking,'' he said in a statement, posted on the club's website. ''I have spoken to many people about Swansea and watched a number of their games on DVD - with many more to watch.''

Laudrup played with Barcelona and Real Madrid in the early 1990s, winning five Spanish League titles.

He also had spells as coach with Brondby, Getafe, Spartak Moscow and Real Mallorca, but his managerial career has so far failed to match his successes as a player.

But Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins is confident his new coach will be successful in Premier League.

''Michael has a clear picture and understanding of what we require at Swansea City to build on all the good work and strides we have made over the last few years as a football club,'' Jenkins said. ''There is no doubt about his standing as one of the game's greatest footballers, but we also see the qualities he has as a manager.

''We see Michael as someone who is fully committed and educated in all aspects of the way we want to take the club forward,'' Jenkins said.

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