With a glittering playing career behind him Michael Laudrup is doing his best to prove that great players can make great coaches.
Having won league titles in Italy, Spain and Holland with Juventus, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Ajax, Laudrup cut his teeth as a manager in his native Denmark with Bronby.
He won four trophies in four seasons—including the league title and Danish Cup twice—as he quickly established himself as a coach keen for his side to play the game in his own graceful image.
Stuttering, short spells followed at Getafe, Spartak Moscow and Real Mallorca before he was announced as Brendan Rodgers' replacement at Swansea in the summer of 2012.
Like Chris Hughton and Steve Clarke, he had a hard act to follow after Rodgers' brand of exemplary passing football got the Swans to 11th place in their first season back in the top flight for a generation.
Like Hughton and Clarke, Laudrup has taken the foundations and improved things still further.
His pick-up of Michu for only £2 million has proved one of the best bargains in recent history, and the Spaniard's decision to extend that deal for another four years merely confirms Laudrup's influence.
By far his greatest achievement, though, was winning the Capital One Cup.
It was the Welsh club's first major trophy in its history and confirmed Laudrup as one of the game's brightest managerial prospects.
His success has led to obvious speculation about his future with Swansea already thinking about a contingency plan should Laudrup leave.
Brendan Rodgers got the Liverpool job by finishing 11th.
Swansea, already with a trophy, are 9th at the moment.
As a player Laudrup had the world at his feet. It won't be long before the same thing applies as a manager.