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QPR suffer blow in pursuit of 'dream manager'

QPR may find it difficult to make Michael Laudrup their "dream manager", according to the Dane's agent.

Laudrup is not quite as handsome as babe magnet Harry Redknapp. Credit: PA

The Hoops, who recorded a first away Barclays Premier League win of the season at Sunderland on Tuesday evening, appear close to appointing Harry Redknapp's successor after chairman Tony Fernandes suggested he has landed his preferred choice.

Chris Ramsey has been filling the void on a caretaker basis, with former Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood the heavy favourite for the position - although Fernandes' comment on Twitter seemed to distance the club from the 46-year-old.

Laudrup is under contract with Qatari club Lekhwiya. Out of respect anyone interested in him should contact the club.

I don't think they would let him go because the team are in so many tournaments and competitions.

– Laudrup's agent, Bayram Tutumlu

Fernandes said his target was "not what anyone thinks", but admitted the appointment was likely to "take a while".

Laudrup, sacked by Swansea in February, emerged as the new bookmaker's favourite.

Garry Monk to become Swansea City head coach

Garry Monk will become Swansea City's new head coach for the foreseeable future after the sacking of Michael Laudrup, the club has confirmed.

The centre back, who joined Swansea in 2004, will work alongside first team coach Alan Curtis.

Garry Monk will become Swansea City's new head coach. Credit: PA Wire

The Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins urged everyone involved with the club to get behind Monk:

“I hope all our supporters can fully understand how difficult this period has been for us and I would urge everyone connected to the football club to get behind Garry Monk, the staff and players.’’


Michael Laudrup decision in 'best interests' of club

Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins has said the decision to part company with manager Michael Laudrup was made "reluctantly" in the "best interests" of the club and the supporters.

“It is a decision we have taken reluctantly. But it’s a decision made in the best interests of Swansea City Football Club and our supporters," confirmed chairman Huw Jenkins.

Swansea City have parted company with manager Michael Laudrup. Credit: PA Wire

“It is the first time in nearly 10 years that the club has parted with a manager in this way, but we had to remove the constant uncertainty surrounding the club and Michael’s long-term future with us.

“I had a meeting with Michael today in a final attempt to support him and establish a way to improve the work of the backroom team to secure the results we need over the final 14 Premier League games.

“However, after thinking long and hard about the best way forward, I felt it was unlikely we would achieve a stable environment at the club to allow us to get back to basics and produce the performance levels that have served Swansea City so well over the last few years."

Swansea City 'part company' with Michael Laudrup

Michael Laudrup has left Swansea City. Credit: PA Wire

Swansea City have parted company with manager Michael Laudrup.

The former Real Madrid and Barcelona player joined the Swans in 2012, and led the club to their first major trophy in their history with a 5-0 victory over Bradford City in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley.

The club have struggled this season and lie just two points above the relegation zone with a crucial game against rivals Cardiff City on Saturday.

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Michael Laudrup speaks of Swansea City pride

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has spoken of his pride after seeing his side thrash Bradford 5-0 to win the Capital One Cup at Wembley.

Laudrup told Sky Sports 1: "I'm very proud of my team today. I think it was a great performance."

He also hailed the triumph as the best of his managerial career.

As a manager it's absolutely at the top, winning a trophy for the first time in 100 years.

The first trophy is always special, and now next year in Europe... it's a nice experience.

– Michael Laudrup

Swansea confirm Michael Laudrup appointed new manager

Michael Laudrup played for Barcelona and Real Madrid and has managed Getafe, Spartak Moscow and Mallorca. Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Michael Laudrup is the new manager of Swansea City, the club have announced.

Contracts were completed at noon today on a two-year deal, according to a statement on the club's website.

The 48-year-old, who won 104 caps for Denmark, replaces Brendan Rogers, who left the club to join Liverpool.