Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup: 'If we don't concentrate, we will lose'
MICHAEL Laudrup has called on Swansea City to put talk of player unrest to one side and focus instead on beating Wigan Athletic.
Laudrup spoke to the Evening Post in his first interview since stories were published in the national media last week claiming some members of his squad are unhappy with his methods.
The reports suggested senior Swansea players had rebelled over Laudrup's training sessions and tactical approach — and that they had expressed their concerns in a series of meetings with chairman Huw Jenkins.
Swansea's manager says there will always be unhappy players at any club because only 11 can play each weekend.
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But he also stressed the need for his entire squad to come together ahead of Saturday's meeting with Wigan.
"I said when I arrived here that everything I do, I do for the team," Laudrup said. "Even when I was a player it was the same. Yes, I was an individual type of player, but I was always a team player.
"I would always think about what was best for the team, and we have to do the same now.
"I am always thinking about the team, and right now we all have to think about the game on Saturday.
"There are other things we may have to deal with when the time comes, but the most important thing is the team and especially the game on Saturday."
Laudrup is bound to have been disappointed by the inflammatory newspaper stories, which emerged after a run of four Premier League games without a win.
They have not helped the Swansea cause as they prepare for Wigan, a big game given that Manchester City and then Chelsea are next up in the league.
"For me the most important thing right now is the short term, and we have to look at the next game," Laudrup added.
"I know from my time as a player and a manager that you will always have players who are not happy — the players who are not playing are not happy.
"There will always be some small stories, that is normal, and when you have four or five games where you don't win, people try to get a little bit more from these stories.
"That's part of football — it is always like this with the players who are not playing.
"But this is not the time to start talking about this or that or who or why.
"It's not about forgetting (the stories), but we have to put it behind us because if we talk about something that is not related to the game on Saturday, we lose focus.
"When you talk about individual players instead of the team, you lose focus on the game.
"You talk and talk and suddenly oh, there's a game — then you lose the game.
"Instead we say focus on the game and we will see further down the line if we have to deal with something. I don't know now."
Jenkins and Swansea skipper Garry Monk have given their backing to Laudrup's regime in the wake of the recent stories.
Laudrup, meantime, is waiting for news of Swansea's international contingent before picking his team for the Wigan clash.