Britton hoping Laudrup stays
Swansea midfielder Leon Britton is hopeful that Michael Laudrup
can be persuaded to stay at the club for the long term.
Laudrup has enjoyed a fine season in charge of the Swans and
guided the club to their first major trophy as they won the Capital
One Cup in February.
The Dane has been linked with a host of big jobs across Europe
in recent months and while Britton understands why he hopes Laudrup
does not leave like Brendan Rodgers did last summer.
“Michael has been fantastic,” Britton told the Sunday
“He trusts the players to do their jobs and his signings have
been brilliant – especially Michu, Chico and Jonathan de Guzman –
and we’ve had a brilliant season. I just hope we can keep him.
“All the managers have done a good job at the club and moved on.
It’s no surprise to see Michael linked with a number of jobs, not
just here but even in European football.
“But hopefully we can keep him. Continuity is very good and I’m
sure he wants to build on our success in the Europa League next
“Kenny Jackett was the last one to leave, courtesy of the
board’s decision, in 2007. The others have been poached. But that
shows we are doing well as a football club.
“The board always chooses the right men to succeed the previous
manager, but hopefully they can have a summer off.”
It has been a remarkable rise for Swansea since Britton first
turned out for the club in 2002 and he is still shocked that the
Welsh club are seen as the template for success.
“It’s amazing for people to use ourselves as a blueprint,” he
“I’m sure people weren’t saying Swansea were a blueprint for
everyone when we were at the Vetch Field playing in front of 2,300
“But you have to give great credit to the board. We’re a
well-run club, making profits, signing good players and improving
year on year. It’s understandable other clubs will want to be like
“There are other clubs who also do things in the right way, the
German clubs like Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have also
been praised – so maybe we’ll be in the Champions League Final one
“The team and the club keep improving – so let’s hope the club
can continue in the right direction.”