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Laudrup relishing Premier League challenge

ESPN staff
June 16, 2012
Michael Laudrupwas confirmed as Swansea manager on Friday © Getty Images

The new Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has said he is looking forward to the challenge of managing in the Premier League and will assess his Liberty Stadium squad when he arrives in Wales next week.

Laudrup's appointment as successor to Brendan Rodgers, who left to take over at Liverpool, was confirmed on Friday. The 48-year-old Dane, who signed a two-year contract, previously had spells at Brondby, Getafe, Spartak Moscow and Real Mallorca.

He said: "It is going to be a new experience for me, and I am really looking forward to it. I have spoken to many people about Swansea and watched a number of their games on DVD, with many more to watch.

"Everyone knows the style of football Swansea play, and it suits my way of thinking."

The Swans chairman, Huw Jenkins, said he was confident Laudrup was the right man for the job, adding: "We see Michael as someone who is fully committed and educated in all aspects of the way we want to take the club forward.

"Our overall aim is to build on our first season in the Premier League, but we also fully understand the need to adapt our approach as we go along to remain competitive season after season. Part of that process is to look at new ideas and increase our knowledge on all aspects of the game to keep advancing."

Confirmation of the Dane's backroom staff is expected soon after he arrives in Wales.

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