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By AFP     Feb 6, 2014 in World

Michael Laudrup has slammed the manner of his sacking by Swansea and revealed he is considering legal action against the Premier League club.

Denmark football great Laudrup was dismissed as manager of the south Wales side on Tuesday following a poor run of results, barely a year after leading the Swans to the League Cup, the first major trophy in their history.

"I am deeply disappointed to have been dismissed as manager of Swansea City," Laudrup said in a statement issued Tuesday with Swansea 12th in the table and still involved in the FA Cup and Europa League.

"In particular, the manner in which it happened and the actions the club has taken since notifying me in the briefest of letters which gave no reasons why such hasty and final action was deemed necessary.

"I am, of course taking legal advice and the LMA (League Managers' Association) have already written to the club asking for a proper explanation as to why I was summarily dismissed."

Swansea's Wayne Routledge (left) challenges Birmingham's  Albert Rusnak during an FA Cup f...
Swansea's Wayne Routledge (left) challenges Birmingham's Albert Rusnak during an FA Cup fourth round game at St Andrew's stadium in Birmingham on January 25, 2014
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Laudrup added he'd been banned by Swansea from visiting the training ground to thank the players.

"The club has informed me that I cannot visit the training ground to say my farewells to the players so I do that now through this statement.

"The players have been fantastic and their contribution under the very professional guidance of my coaching staff has been absolutely fundamental to the club's recent successes. Three members of my staff have also been dismissed.

"Whilst league results have been disappointing of late, we are still 12th in the table and it is there for all to see the fine margins in the league this season in terms of points that separate 11 clubs."

Swansea have collected just six points fron their last 10 matches and are just two points above the relegation zone heading into this weekend's derby against Welsh rivals Cardiff.

Swansea have picked up just six points from their last 10 matches and are two points above the relegation zone heading into this weekend's derby showdown with Cardiff.

Laudrup added: "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time managing in the Barclays Premier League which I consider to be the one of the best leagues in world football.

"Of course the obvious highlight during my time in charge was leading Swansea to the first major trophy in the club's history in winning the Capital One (League) Cup at Wembley resulting in European qualification.

"I wish the club the very best for the future and for the rest of the season in the Barclays Premier League, Europa League and the FA Cup."

Defender Garry Monk and first-team coach Alan Curtis will be in charge of the team for the Cardiff match.

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins, explaining the decision to sack Laudrup, said Tuesday it was the first time in nearly a decade the club had taken such action.

But he insisted removing Laudrup was necessary "to allow us to get back to basics and produce the performance levels that have served Swansea City so well over the last few years".

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