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What`s All This Fuss About Michael Laudrup

What`s All This Fuss About Michael Laudrup

I find it laughable when Michael Laudrup is being mentioned as the man Chelsea need by some fans and media outlets.

If Michael Laudrup is the man, then Andre Villas Boas should never have been fired at all.
We have tried the following:-

1. The fashionable choice (Ranieri)

2. The best upcoming manager of the time (Mourinho)

3. The babysitter (Grant)

4. The World Cup winner (Scolari)

5. The old experienced hand (Hiddink)

6. The European Cup veteran (Ancelloti)

7. The young guy with all the talent to be the next big thing. (AVB)

We fired number 7 and now he is 2 points above us with a traditionally inferior team.

We got a gold mine in Di Matteo who could have started a dynasty and we fired him.

And now we are stuck with the Spanish waiter!

Laudrup will not be in an upgrade to either AVB or Di Matteo.

And I'll tell you why

1. Laudrup is the flavour of the month for the media just like AVB was before we hired him.

2. Laudrup`s illustrious playing career does not mean he is going to a better manager than RDM or AVB.

3. The team needs a winner now... Someone who can reign in player power not a manager who has won lesser than the players.

But most importantly

4. Swansea were a very good side playing attractive football even before Laudrup, ask any swans fan this. The style of play was Brendan Rodgers's hard work.

5. The success of Swansea this season is largely down to Michu's scoring rate and its made out to be a big deal as he cost just a couple of million. Take Michu out of the equation and the swans wouldn`t be where they are.

I'm not saying Laudrup can't become a great manager. I`m just saying it`s too early to jump on the 'hire him' bandwagon

The same applies to Pellegrini whose only achievement in Europe was finishing second to Barca after a summer spending spree of 150 million.

Right now there are only two top level candidates

Antonio Conte, the Juventine genius

And the man himself, Jose Mourinho.

Anybody else would be step down. If you are paying top dollar for players, then you need a top manager to extract the best from them.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Wednesday February 27 2013
Time: 5:09PM


I miss you saber
27/02/2013 17:23:00
@Saber...hmm...while you argue persuasively in that there are two top level candidates in Conte and Mou, there is no guarantee that we will get either of them even if we promise them top dollar...we offered Pep top dollar and he declined.!!..most top level coaches are now becoming a lot lore savvy while choosing jobs and our disgraceful sacking of RDM would not have helped our case in any with all the money we might be able to promise, there's no guarantee that Conte will come...Mou has a history with Roman as well and even though most of us would like to see him, there is no guarantee that he will be at the bridge come next while Laudrup is obviously not in the level above AVB or RDM who we wrongly sacked at the wrong time, I believe he is a good fall back option if Conte and Mou reject us which is very very sald the improvement in the performance by swansea is bcos of Michu...who signed Michu?...while your arguments for Conte and Mou are quite strong and rightly so...I tot you also grossly underrated the impact of Laudrup at swansea...My opinion is that while Laudrup's footy philosophy is very close to that of Rodgers...Lauprup's Swansea team is a lot better than rodgers bcos while they play poccession footy, they are a lot more direct and always looking for the forward if all else fails, my opinion is that Laupdrup will be a good fall back option if he agrees...especially if he works with a good DOF...good write up from you as always... cheers!
27/02/2013 17:31:00
Saber,long time i said previously,we can have the best manager,bt ROMAN MUST be patient n must give whoever comes in enough time.
27/02/2013 17:33:00
Saber,top lad.You should write more.
27/02/2013 17:34:00
I agree with u. Laudrup is doing a great job but moving to Chelsea or Real Madrid is too premature for his career and I don't think he can withstand the pressure at these two clubs
27/02/2013 17:37:00
welcome back Saber - Dude we need to see you on here more often... I agree with pretty much all your points in this article. I also really like Conte (but i doubt he will leave the Old lady to come to this hot volcano that is cfc - but i guess stranger things have happened) which leaves us with only one other Solution, and like i've been harping on about all this while....The only way is Jose....STILL Keep the faith
27/02/2013 17:48:00
**cauldron - not volcano :)
27/02/2013 17:49:00
Saber,long time i said previously,we can have the best manager,bt ROMAN MUST be patient n must give whoever comes in enough time.
27/02/2013 17:50:00
Saber,long time i said previously,we can have the best manager,bt ROMAN MUST be patient n must give whoever comes in enough time.
27/02/2013 17:51:00
Oh saber how I love your articles I know it's you has soon has I start reading top stuff
Chelsea ken
27/02/2013 17:53:00
The discussion on Laudrup being the next Chelsea manager is surely based on the assumption that these days no "top drawer" established European manager will leave his top European club to come to Chelsea. We will therefore have to look to the up and coming emerging managers. This brings us to Laudrup. He has managed in numerous European countries, has taken Getafe and Swansea to Cup Finals (taking the absolute rise out of Chelsea in the process). To win a cup with Swansea is an incredible achievement especially when you think Swansea beat Liverpool & Chelsea away and absolutely destroyed Bradford in the final. He was a top quality player who didn't just expect to get to manage a top team, he has spent years working up to his big chance. He has experience in Spain & England and if you discount RDM 10 weeks at the end of last season (a big discount I'll grant you!) Laudrup would seem to have achieved more in management and gained more varied experience. The fact that there are even rumours that Real Madrid want him shows that he would not be a completely left field appointment.
27/02/2013 17:55:00
Conte and Jose aren't coming to CFC. It's Laudrup or Blanc for me. Or Rijkaard.
27/02/2013 17:57:00
hey guys,missed the blue family forum cos of exams,gud to be bak talking chelsea,bu tanybody write nw is surely beta than benitez
27/02/2013 18:04:00
hey guys,missed the blue family forum cos of exams,gud to be bak talking chelsea,bu tanybody write nw is surely beta than benitez
27/02/2013 18:05:00
I agree with the sentiment of this article about laudrup and i believe the talk of who the next manager would be is quite premature at this stage. Two months in football is quite a long time. What the press are doing is just guess work and they will continue to do so as it sell their papers better than any thing else. The person being earmarked by roman may not even be known yet to anyone. I remember in the summer of 2011 after carlo was sacked and the british media were so sure roman would appoint hindink for weeks and in less than 1week AVB was signed. Since pep left barca, they never stopped linking him to us until the very day baryern amounced that they ve signed him.
Chelz Akamz
27/02/2013 18:08:00
Chelz Akamz, Do you think the papers only linked Pep to Chelsea to sell papers? Or do you think Roman would have done anything to get Pep to Chelsea?
27/02/2013 18:13:00
Conte is just another Ancelloti 'waiting to happen' if Roman does not change his ways.He'll be sacked and by this time next year we will be in the same discussion on another top drawer manager.So,predicting who's best for Chelsea and who's not with Roman's 'triggerhappy' nature unchanged is as good a gamble as any atm.
27/02/2013 18:20:00
@saber, we tried and fired AVB and he is two points ahead of us!! That line negates your argument my friend, it shows that AVB would have been perfect if it wasn't for what happened that led to his sack right? Give avb this current team, he'll perform, so why won't laudrup? If city or any top premier league side gets this man, and we get stuck with rafa or another roman influenced manager we might be having this same conversation again, if we get conte or mou I'll be very glad, but would conte leave the comfort of juve to manage chelsea? He is already in a big club, as for jose, is roman ready to cede power to jose? Is real ready to leave mou? Perhaps mou will come to us (amen) perhaps it is to man city (God forbid) but looking at our young squad, the best to manage them IMO is KLOPP,Laudrup,diego simeone the pellegrinis,bielsa can manage them to play good football but might not win much. My 2 cents
27/02/2013 18:31:00
nice to hear back from you has been a long time since we heard from you. While i do agree with you that the unique circumstances at chelsea could conspire to make Laudrup struggle i think the guy is a good coach who may well become one of the greats in time. He is also a smart guy..i dont think he would come here even if Roman offered. The thing is as the idiom that says " a beggar cannot be choosy" Roman has got us to the point where we really dont have too many good available options as far as managers to choose from. Honestly where we are now Jose is our best option as far as someone who has the pedigree, ability and love for the club to be enticed if the appropriate contract terms are met. To get Jose however, Roman will need to eat major humble pie and change his stripes and this is something that i dont yet see happening. Look back at our recent history ..we have never appointed our next managers early the way Bayern did with PEp..dont be surprised if this is left as late as the AVB and RDM appointments in the last two summers. Roman may have to make do with what/who is available rather than who he wants and with that in mind dont totally discount a nightmare scenario where Rafa is actually retained just because Roman cant convince anyone else with any credibility to step up and accept the poisoned chalice.
27/02/2013 18:59:00
We will surely be linked with every dick,tom and harry..still expectin more names to spring up in the comin weeks,just pray we make the best choice and give them time and resources to do their job effectively
27/02/2013 19:13:00
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