Former Swansea manager Michael Laudrup was recently announced that the new manager of Lekhwiya. The club from Qatar has become a surprise destination for the former Barcelona player. After doing extremely well in his two jobs at Getafe and Swansea, it would have been normal if he had moved to a regular been one of the top leagues in the world. However, he has now chosen to go to the Middle East where standards of football are extremely low especially in comparison with the Premier league.
Even more surprising is the fact that Laudrup has hinted that this will be his last job as manager. At just 50 years old, he is at what many would call as the start of a managerial career. The likes of José Mourinho has established themselves as a top manager only at this age, while the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson carried on managing clubs until 70 years. Laudrup has not revealed the reasons why this may be his last or penultimate job. The former Danish International started out as an assistant manager for the Danish national team in 2000.
Since then, he has gone on to manage clubs like Getafe, Spartak Moscow, Swansea and Real Mallorca. As a player, he was regarded as one of the best, but even as manager he has been fairly successful. Even though he did not win titles with the likes of Spartak Moscow and Getafe, he did so with Swansea and Brøndby. He was named as the Danish manager of the year on two occasions. “I’m now entering my final phase as a coach. Although whether Lekhwiya will be my final or penultimate club I can’t say. And I don’t know either whether this phase while last two, three of four years. The answer is blowing in the wind,” said Laudrup after taking over at Lekhwiya.