Michael Laudrup was many Newcastle fans’ choice for the vacant manager’s job at St James’ Park.
Along with Patrick Vieira, the Barcelona legend and the manager who brought Swansea their first ever trophy, Laudrup was seen a somebody who could bring good football back to Newcastle and somebody who wouldn’t be seen as a yes man in the style of Pardew and Carver.
There were claims that talks took place between Michael Laudrup and Newcastle United officials but now it has been confirmed that the former Swansea boss has committed himself to another year at Lekhiywa.
Laudrup won the Qatar Stars League title, plus cup successs, last season but was only on a one year contract and had said he was open to an ambitious club, including one in the Premier League.
Yesterday though his representative Bayram Tutumlu confirmed that Michael Laudrup was staying for at least another year:
“Michael Laudrup after thinking through several offers has decided to sign another one year contract with Lekhwiya Fc.”
In the process it was confirmed that Laudrup is on a wage of £3m a year.
Considering that Alan Pardew was reported to have trebled his Newcastle wage when he went to Crystal Palace, to a figure still below that £3m, it isn’t hard to see why talks with Newcastle would have instantly hit a major stumbling block. This is before you would even have got to assurances of transfer funds being available and the manager/head coach having the freedom to choose his own players.
We all hope that if Steve McClaren is indeed going to be appointed at St James’ Park, he hasn’t taken the job on the same terms as John Carver or Alan Pardew.