Williams impressed by Laudrup
Swansea defender Ashley Williams admits the departure of Brendan Rodgers has been 'tough' for the players.
Last Updated: 14/07/12 4:33pm
Swansea defender Ashley Williams admits the departure of Brendan Rodgers has been 'tough' for the players, but new manager Michael Laudrup has instantly earned their respect.
The Swans won promotion to the Premier League under Rodgers and received rave reviews last season as they established themselves in the top flight.
Rodgers left to take charge of Liverpool earlier in the summer but chairman Huw Jenkins wasted little time in appointing Danish legend Laudrup as his successor.
Williams says everyone in the squad is looking forward to working with Laudrup, and he has enjoyed the early training sessions in pre-season.
"The first impressions of the new manager have been good," Williams told the South Wales Evening Post.
"He's a legend in world football - you only have to look at his Wikipedia page to see that!
"He's addressed the lads and he's obviously got our respect straightaway. Training was good and everybody's enjoyed it.
"He's said a few words and he obviously knows what he's talking about so early impressions are good.
"The past two years were so enjoyable. I'm sure everyone has their opinions of Brendan Rodgers but ask anyone here and they will tell you how much they enjoyed working with him, and they are two of my favourite years in my career so it's obviously tough that he's gone.
"But that's life and that's football and you have to get on with it.
"Appointing someone like Michael Laudrup got our respect straightaway and we're happy to listen to him."