Laudrup grateful for ‘patience’ shown by Getafe

Getafe haven’t started out so well in La Liga this season. With expectations high, Getafe have been less than convincing in their games this season. Michael Laudrup, Getafe’s gaffer, is grateful to Getafe president Angel Torres, for sticking with him during this tough time.

The article on ESPNSoccernet says

‘If we had been playing badly and without the style that the club and I want, I would have been sacked,’ admitted the Dane, who always had a tough job following in the footsteps of the hugely successful Bernd Schuster at Getafe.

‘What is more, if I had been in Italy, where they only take into account the results, I would have been sacked some time ago.’

This is true. Most clubs in Europe (with apparently the exception of Tottenham, who HAVE to sack Martin Jol already) don’t wait around to see how things pan out, and will oust their managers without hesitation. Or in the case of Fabio Capello, you can actually win the La Liga title at Real Madrid, and get fired the same off-season. Some presidents are bit crazy.

Laudrup finally marked his first win with Getafe in La Liga this season, with a 2-0 victory against Real Murcia.

The entire Getafe story is a bit larger than just Laudrup. Getafe were a 2nd division team until 2003, when they were promoted. Last season Getafe finished 9th, but beat Barcelona 4-1 in a memorable game at home to advance to the Copa del Rey final, where they lost to Sevilla 1-0.

Much of the credit was given to Bernrd Schuster, who flew the coop across town to Real Madrid during the off-season. Now Schuster is at Madrid winning games, but not too convincingly.

Who knows if Laudrup will be around come Christmas time. If he’s sacked by then, no one can say he wasn’t given a second chance.


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