Laudrup Dismissal Cause For Concern on Wearside

Ki Sung-Yeung - SAFCNewsSunderland fans have been left to ponder the implications of Swansea’s decision to sack manager, Michael Laudrup yesterday. The news raised eyebrows as it came a day after chairman Huw Jenkins had dismissed speculation that the Dane’s future was under discussion by senior board members and caused furrowed brows on Wearside as the dismissal could influence the future of midfielder, Ki Sung-Yeung.

The South Korean has been at the heart of Sunderland’s revival under Gus Poyet and it was thought that the Black Cats would look to sign the 25-year-old loanee on a permanent deal in the summer. Laudrup allowed the former Celtic player to go out on loan after signing Jonjo Shelvey from Liverpool in the summer and it was thought the Dane would be happy to sell the out-of-favour midfielder who will only have a year left on his contract when returning to Wales at the end of the season.

But Swansea’s fortunes have nosed-dived after last season’s success when Laudrup led to the Swann’s to win the Capital One Cup in the club’s first major Wembley final. Despite being in the last 32 of the Europa League and the 5th round of the FA Cup, Swansea’s poor league form has cost Laudrup his job and he will be replaced by club captain Garry Monk for the “forseeable future”. Ki has come on leaps and bounds at Sunderland where he has become the fulcrum of Poyet’s resurgent side that has pulled itself out of the relegation zone, is still in the FA Cup and looks forward to a League Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley in March. Swansea’s new management team could look at his Sunderland performances and decide Ki can be a valuable addition to the side next season.

Ki turned in another solid performance in Saturday’s  3-0 win at St James Park where Sunderland beat Newcastle for the third time in succession but admitted he is uncertain where his future lies.

Speaking after the game, he said: “I don’t know if I will be playing in this fixture next season, honestly. But I am really pleased with all the fans, all the staff and all of the players. I don’t know what will happen in the future but at the minute I am very happy playing for this club and with these boys.

“Since the new manager came in we have improved a lot with and without the ball. As the game goes on we have started to win and got confidence as individuals and as a team. That’s why we have got a lot stronger. We still have plenty games still to go so we have to keep our concentration on all of the games.

“When you see us play like we have been, it does make us wonder why we have been at the bottom when we know we can play like this. We should not be  but we could not get the results, even when we performed well we could not score. We were unlucky. All of these things, but now we are having greater concentration to win the games.

“Even when we are scoring we are never conceding goals. We are no longer bottom and we need to keep going to make sure we don’t drop back down there.”

There’s no doubt the Black Cats have been transformed under Gus Poyet who took over with Sunderland languishing at the bottom of the league with one point from seven games. The enormity of his task was brought home in his first game in charge when he took Sunderland to Swansea where the Wearsiders barely mustered any opposition in a 4-0 defeat. What has happened since has been little short of a miracle and Sunderland supporters would love to see Ki rewarded with a permanent contract at the Stadium of Light for the important role he has played in the club’s resurgence.

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