Wales manager Chris Coleman hails Michael Laudrup appointment

Michael Laudrup

Wales boss Chris Coleman has praised Swansea City's foresight for recruiting former Denmark star Michael Laudrup as manager on a two-year deal.

Coleman believes the appointment of Laudrup means the Swans will continue with their attractive playing style.

"From a coaching point of view it's shrewd move from Swansea and from [chairman] Huw Jenkins," said Coleman.

"He has done his homework on Michael. He's not going to bring in a manager who is going to change the philosophy."

Laudrup arrives in Swansea having managed four different clubs since 2002. The 48-year-old succeeds Brendan Rodgers at the Liberty Stadium, who was prised away by Liverpool after guiding Swansea to 11th place in their debut Premier League season.

"I hope he [Laudrup] will have the same success as Brendan. I think Michael's style will complement Swansea's style," added Coleman.

"They are not going to want to change that because it has served them well and rightly so.

"It is a very foreign approach the way Swansea City play, a Spanish approach if you like. And I can see why they have gone for Michael."

But Coleman warned that Laudrup's inexperience in the Premier League could be a problem, citing Andre Villas-Boas's nine-month stint at Chelsea as a prime example of how the Premier League can bite.

"The Premier League is the most unforgiving league," said the former Fulham manager.

"It's the toughest league in the world. He will know enough about the Premier League, working in it is another different thing.

"I had to learn that when I was at Fulham, but Michael's pedigree is very good."

Laudrup comes to the Liberty Stadium having had previous managerial experience at Brondby, Getafe, Spartak Moscow and Real Mallorca.

"They [the Swansea directors] have obviously done their homework as they have on all their managers they have appointed," added Coleman.

"Because they have this philosophy of play right the way through the club which has served them well in the last six or seven years since Roberto Martinez was there.

"I think Michael will complement that and I think they will complement each other. He has a good reputation on the coaching circuit."

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