Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 2/25/13
Michael Laudrup was hardly short of admirers when he took the decision to relocate to Wales last summer. This particular move always had the feel of a stunning coup, and somehow brought to mind the sense of impressed surprise to see the plain kid turn up at a party with somebody eye-catching on their arm and supposedly out of their league. Swansea City had done wonders in steadily improving themselves over the past few years, but for them to land a man of Laudrup's reputation certainly raised some eyebrows. Having said that - and it seems absurd now to admit it - scanning through Laudrup's managerial experiences before he arrived at Swansea, and noticing a pattern of short term appointments which generally ended abruptly, it was reasonable to be sceptical about what his alliance with the Swans would bring. His stature as one of the most gifted players of his generation was no guarantee of coaching happiness. Laudrup's management began started brightly with Brondby in his native Den...
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