Former Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup says that he is being approached by the Japanese football Association in order to become their new national team coach.
Japan have a tradition of appointing foreign managers and after their recent poor performance in the World Cup 2014, it appears that they are keen to make some changes at the top. Laudrup is currently out of work after having left Swansea last season. Regarded as one of the iconic players of all-time, the former Barcelona midfielder has had a lot of success at some of his previous clubs like Swansea and Getafe.
However, he has limited experience when it comes to managing international teams. Further, it remains to be seen if he will be interested in the prospect of managing only a few games throughout the calendar year as opposed to being involved regularly while in charge of the club. Laudrup has addressed this concern by saying that the start of the Champions League will mean that there will be a lot of games to be had for the national team of Japan. He has confirmed that he will be making a decision on his future only after a few months. During his time at Swansea, he led the club to their first ever silverware in the form of the League Cup.
"In a week we will also start the group stage of the Champions League so there will be a lot of games in the near future. I am aware of the interest from Japan but as I just said, we have a lot of games coming up and they have, absolutely, first priority at the moment.Then when the season finishes in May, I will think about my future. It could be here in Lekhwiya or somewhere else," said Michael Laudrup.