Laudrup takes over as Lekhwiya coach

Former Barcelona star and Swansea manager joins Qatar champions but says it could be his last job as a coach after signing a one-year deal with the club

Michael Laudrup has revealed that he has agreed to take over as coach of Qatar champions Lekhwiya and says it could be his final job in management.

The former Denmark midfielder, who had been out of work since being sacked by Premier League side Swansea City in February, has signed a one-year deal with Lekhwiya.

Laudrup last month ruled out taking over at "smaller clubs" of the same stature as his previous employers Swansea, Getafe and Mallorca.

And he has now opted to ply his trade in the Middle East.

He told Danish newspaper Politiken: "I'm heading into my last phase as a coach. But whether Lekhwiya will be my last or second-last team remains to be seen.

"And I don't know if the phase will stretch over two, three or four years. The answer is blowing in the wind."

Laudrup won Swansea's only major trophy - the Capital One Cup - in his first season in charge, but was relieved of his duties a year later.