The Premier League Owl tells us why he believes the hotseat at Goddison Park would be bad career move for Michael Laudrup.
It distresses me to hear Michael Laudrup’s name mentioned as a potential replacement for David Moyes at Everton. As yet, there’s no indication that the Dane is considering leaving Swansea, but consider this to be a pre-emptive reasoning for why that wouldn’t be a good move for him.
Swansea are a progressive club. They’ve stabilised themselves in the Premier League without at any point looking under threat from relegation, they’ve won their first major silverware this year, and 2013/14 will see them take their first tentative steps back into European competition.
What an exciting time to be one of their supporters – and to be their manager.
Everton is a club rich in Premier League history, who enjoy the support of a loyal and passionate fanbase.
But, in terms of where both those sides could go over the next ten years, would it not be fair to say that Swansea have the potential to be more upwardly mobile from their current position?
Everton are currently in sixth place, and will likely finish there this season. So what’s the objective for 2013/14 for whoever replaces David Moyes? Sixth again? Probably. Whoever Bill Kenwright appoints will be charged with replicating, rather than improving upon, the work which has been carried out over the last decade.
There’s no denying Everton is an appealing job, but is it really for someone with as much tangible ambition as Laudrup?
We’re used to the old order of football, and so we assume that managing a club like Everton is a step above Swansea. But why? The Welsh club have the better finances, the newer stadium, and the bigger catchment area – in short, the club with all the momentum is the one Laudrup is already in charge of. There’s been a renaissance in Welsh football, and Swansea are the poster-child for that movement.
The distance one manager can travel at Swansea is far greater than that at Everton. David Moyes is leaving his job to take the most coveted position in English football, but he’s doing so safe in the knowledge that he’s taken his current employer to the apex of their potential. There’s very little room for comparative success at Everton, so what really would Michael Laudrup have to gain by going there?
Since leaving Brondby in 2006, the Dane has had three different managerial positions, and not stayed any longer than eighteen months in any of them. That’s not how you build a reputation for yourself, and that’s not enough time to truly leave an imprint on a club – eventually, he has to settle and become less transient.
Where better to do that than at Swansea?