Jan Molby backs Michael Laudrup for Swansea job

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Former Swansea manager Jan Molby believes his old club and compatriot Michael Laudrup are a “match made in heaven”.

The Dane has emerged as the front runner to become Brendan Rodgers’ replacement at the Liberty Stadium and an announcement could be made later today.

Molby believes the 47-year-old’s playing career – with spells at Barcelona and Real Madrid – has heavily influenced his management style, and his footballing philosophy dovetails nicely with that started by Roberto Martinez and continued by Rodgers before he joined Liverpool.

“He was strongly influenced by Johan Cruyff when he was at Barcelona in the late 1980s, early 90s,” Molby said. “That’s how he wants to play his football, that’s how Swansea played last year under Brendan Rodgers, so if it happens I think it’s a marriage made in heaven.

“They’ve put a squad together capable of playing exactly like they want to play. They’re brave and it’s worked well for them, they’ve proved they can do it in the Premier League.

“I think Michael is a bit like Brendan Rodgers, likes a settled squad, likes to work with the players, feel that he can improve the players.”