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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Laudrup named Swansea manager


LONDON — Swansea City appointed Michael Laudrup on Friday as its manager on a two-year contract as the Welsh club prepares for its second season in the Premier League.

Laudrup, a former Denmark international whose last coaching role was at Spain's Real Mallorca, replaces Brendan Rodgers who joined Liverpool on June 1. The appointment was announced on the club's website.

Swansea finished 11th in its first season in the top flight since 1983 after starting the campaign as one of the favorites to be relegated. The team won plaudits for its free-flowing style of play.

The 47-year-old Laudrup resigned at Mallorca in September 2011 after 14 months in charge. He's also coached at Brondby, Getafe and Spartak Moscow, and was assistant manager of Denmark's national team from 2000 to 2002.

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