Flaky Laudrup may be on the move again from Swansea
Michael Laudrup’s future as Swansea boss is in serious doubt as the odds were slashed today on him being the next Premier League manager to leave.
Coral have cut the price for the Dane being the next departing manager to 4/6 from evens, and he is now the firm favourite.
Other managers who are touted as next to be given the chop include Chris Hughton (5/1), Rene Meulensteen (14/1), and Sam Allardyce (16/1).
Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins is alleged to have told Sky Sports that Laudrup’s position is safe, but reports suggest that the club board are split over his future.
Laudrup has a reputation in recent years of not lasting very long at a club, with the one exception so far being the four-season spell at his first club as a manager, Brondby.
The former Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid player lasted just one year each at his previous three managerial clubs, including resigning from Mallorca following a conflict of differences with director of football Lorenzo Serra Ferrer.
Prior to that, Laudrup was sacked by Russian top-flight side Spartak Moscow just one year after resigning from Getafe.
The Swans are in dire form of late, having won just once in their last six games and find themselves only two points clear of the relegation zone in 12th place, but it seems not even the success of last season’s League Cup will save his job.
Swansea have been without last season’s club top scorer and star man Michu for much of the campaign, so have been reliant on £12m record signing Wilfried Bony – who has mustered up seven goals so far.
With just six victories and 12 defeats in their opening 24 games, it is inevitable for any manager of an ambitious club to be under the pressure, so can January signings David N’Gog and Marvin Emnes provide the ammunition to secure a top 10 finish?
With odds at 3/1 it does seem slightly unlikely.
Currently 18th in the last six-game form table, they may find themselves in a relegation battle, but odds of 10/1 seem to suggest otherwise.
The Welsh club have a tough and crucial fixture list ahead, starting with a home derby against Cardiff on Saturday, before facing the likes of Everton in the FA Cup, Napoli (twice) in the Europa League and an away Premier League clash against Liverpool.
So will Laudrup be manager at the start of next season? Odds of 5/2 suggest yes, and 1/4 say no.
You do the math…s!