. . . former Danish midfielder confirmed as Laudrup's assistant
Swansea City have today confirmed the appointment of Morten Wieghorst as Michael Laudrup’s assistant.
Former Celtic and Denmark midfielder Wieghorst reunites with Laudrup, whom he played alongside for his country as well as playing under him during the latter stages of his career.
Wieghorst, 41, has joined the Swans following a two-year stint managing Denmark’s Under-21 side, but has been given permission to return to his post to take charge for two games in March.
Highly-regarded in his homeland after a bright start to management, Wieghorst’s appointment means Erik Larsen will now concentrate fully on international scouting matters, and will work alongside Head of Player Recruitment David Leadbeater in identifying potential new additions to the squad.
Wieghorst began his playing career in his homeland with Lyngby, helping the club to the Danish Cup and Superliga title before earning a move to Dundee.
Despite relegation from the top flight in his first season at Dens Park, Wieghorst did help Dundee reach the Scottish League Cup final where they lost out to Aberdeen.
His impressive performances caught the attention of Celtic, with Wieghorst becoming a big hit as he played a pivotal role in the club ending Rangers’ dominance to claim the Scottish Premier League title.
Wieghorst then returned to Denmark to join defending champions Brondby as he became one of Laudrup’s first signings as manager of the club.
It was a successful return for Wieghorst – named Danish Player of the Year in 2003 - as he helped the club win two Danish Cups and one Superliga title before he announced his retirement in 2005.
He enjoyed a successful international career too, playing alongside Laudrup at the 1998 World Cup in France while he also helped his nation to the 1995 Confederations Cup.
Wieghorst won 30 caps for his country, scoring three goals, before playing his last game for Denmark in 2004.
After hanging up his boots, Wieghorst was named assistant coach at Nordsjaelland before being promoted to manager a year after.
In his first year in charge, he led the club to their best finish for four years, and later guided them into the Uefa Cup on two occasions.
His first piece of silverware as a manager came via the Danish Cup, which was the club’s first trophy in their history.
They successfully defended the cup a year later, before Wieghorst took up the role of the Danish Under-21s in 2011 before his switch to South Wales.