MADRID - Michael Laudrup is to step down
as coach of Real Mallorca, the club said on Tuesday, after the
former Denmark international clashed with the board of
A spokesman said Laudrup, the former Barcelona and Real
Madrid midfielder who took charge at the Balearic Islands club
at the end of the 2009/10 season, had told the board he had
decided to leave for the good of the team.
The 47-year-old had expressed frustration with recent
transfer policy, which he felt left him short of forwards, and
his decision followed the club's announcement on Monday that
they had sacked his number two Erik Larsen for criticising the
board's policies in the Danish media.
The club published a statement later on Tuesday saying an
agreement in principle had been reached for the cancellation of
Laudrup's contract and it was likely to be signed on Wednesday.
"One of the important things in football is the climate in
which you work," Laudrup was quoted as saying in local media
after he called a post-training news conference.
"It cannot be that I have to go home every day feeling
frustrated and angry," he added. "You can lose or win but you
have to enjoy yourself."
Regarded as one of the finest playmakers of his generation,
Laudrup also had stints coaching Mallorca's La Liga rivals
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