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Gylfi Not Irreplaceable- But Not Trying To Directly Replace Him Is Smart
by BarneyLW at 20:17 17 Aug 2017

So the dust has finally settled. In what seemed like the most painstaking saga in living memory, Gylfi Sigurdsson is an Everton player. A man the club were silently resigned to eventually losing has moved on and like so often in the past, the club must plan for life without their star player.
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Too many things for a title, but stop with the xenophobia accusations!
by waynekerr55 at 22:24 28 Dec 2016

I had planned to write this in a different fashion, but Bob Bradley's departure from the club changes a section of this blog. The conclusion was as expected. A seemingly good man and a tryer who simply wasn't up to the job. In short he should never have been given the job.
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A New Hope At the Liberty?
by BarneyLW at 17:17 28 Dec 2016

A feeling of déjà vu rose with the sun over Swansea this morning. Another manager out the door, another few days of links, speculation, supposed sightings of candidates spotted outside Rossi’s sampling the scampi. But for the first time in recent memory, there is hope in the air.
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Swans Fans Were Angry- In A Totally Positive Way How a Common Enemy Helped Guidolin’s side pull of
by BarneyLW at 17:30 14 Sep 2016

A return from the international break, which in truth was needed to clear the air around the club. A frustrating transfer market compounded and exacerbated back-to-back defeats against Hull City and the champions, Leicester. Boardroom shake-ups and a tough run of games has given the Jack Army little to be optimistic about.
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Guidolin and Conte- An Italian Managerial Head to Head
by BarneyLW at 13:23 9 Sep 2016

A different league in a different country for two familiar foes; on Sunday Francesco Guidolin's Swansea host Antonio Conte's Chelsea side. So how does the head to head record look from their previous encounters in Italy?
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The Mood: What's going on at Swansea City?
by BarneyLW at 08:26 31 Aug 2016

There is nothing new or indeed out of the ordinary with a defeat being met by raucous displeasure among the Jack Army. There is nothing particularly new about a hyperbolic spread of opinion in where things should be going better, or if things really are that bad at all. But there is a strange feeling around Swansea City at the moment.
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A Hard Decision
by HoustonJack at 12:18 10 May 2016

Swansea’s current owners have a huge decision to be made in the next week, who manages/coaches the Swans for the 2016/17 season. Certainly Francisco Guidolin has enhanced his chances of achieving that with the latest win at West Ham, only the second time in history, and that’s not the only time he has re-written history. Let’s not forget his first away game at Everton, plus memorable wins against Arsenal (despite spending that time in a London hospital), and against Liverpool. Yes, there have been ups and downs, namely the losses at Newcastle and at Leicester, yet we should not let those overshadow his successes.
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Go for it against Chelsea- History shows it isn't always a bad choice
by BarneyLW at 08:34 9 Apr 2016

What do you do in a season that has very few highlights and lots of talking points? You discuss, debate and analyse until you are exhausted. This seems to be the modus operandi for the Swansea City faithful. One of the less enjoyable seasons seems to be drawing to a close, while Francesco Guidolin has seemingly masterminded survival while the ill fate of relegation seemed doomed to happen in January, the Italian has got the Swans to 37 points with 6 games remaining, losing only 3 times. Questions remain, nonetheless.
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It May Not Always Be Pretty-But Survival Looks Closer By The Day
by BarneyLW at 06:20 22 Mar 2016

Where do we go from here?
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Perspective is Critical
by BarneyLW at 18:02 1 Dec 2015

It says an awful lot for where the club is that a narrow defeat at Anfield yesterday was met with disappointment. It is understandable, the visitors came away hugely unlucky not to pick up a point after a debatable penalty converted by James Milner put Liverpool ahead, and they eventually held out for a 1-0 win.
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Plans To Leave, Pals and Panther Crawls: The Up and Down Story of Bafé Gomis
by BarneyLW at 20:57 31 Aug 2015

Thanks to the app 'Timehop', which allows one to roll back the years at their social media activity, earlier in the summer I was able to look back my reaction to the signing of Bafétimbi Gomis. What a year is has been concerning the big Frenchman ever since. I imagine I will look back in a year from now at the excitement I illustrated at the considerable coup bringing in Andre Ayew- But you would hope his tenure at the club will not be as up and down.
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Strength in Depth Will Please Monk Most
by BarneyLW at 20:28 26 Aug 2015

A 3-0 win at home to York City will hardly send shock waves around the football world. Yet, you can only beat what is in front of you, and with the next round of the Capital One Cup looming, a draw away to recently relegated Hull was the reward for a comfortable win against Russ Wilcox' men.
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Montero- Can the flying winger stay grounded at Swansea?
by BarneyLW at 15:01 17 Aug 2015

It could-and probably should be- one of Garry Monk's greatest achievements so far, that after a record breaking season he garnered enough respect from the squad and the pundits alike to enjoy a positive pre-season without any big name departures from the club. Not just this, but the usual speculation about star players leaving has not been an issue this time around. It is now a club that players want to join, and players want to stay at.
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Chelsea - Thoughts On The First Game
by HoustonJack at 08:58 2 Aug 2015

I won’t mention the score as our defeat by a rampant Chelsea’s still gives me nightmares. However, my thoughts for Stamford Bridge on the first game of the new Premier campaign may all be so different. Getting something at the home of the champions will be a tall-order, but unpredictable results often surface on the first game of most seasons, and I’m hoping the Swans will be one of those.
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In Jack Cork, Monk May Have a New Main Man
by BarneyLW at 06:52 24 Mar 2015

For anyone who attended the Aston Villa game on Saturday, it had all the hallmarks of a fantastic away day. The most important factor being that Garry Monk's men came away with a win, despite it not being a fantastic game.
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Frustrating, but not entirely surprising
by BarneyLW at 17:04 24 Jan 2015

Last week was a strange experience. Even the most hardened Swans fan would have to admit that the defeat last week was thoroughly deserved. It was not something a lot of the fans would be used to, but Garry Monk's side were blown away in a manner that I personally have never seen. Our only crime was perhaps the mentality, that sense that the game was a write off. They looked like they never believed a win was possible, and by the time it got to 4-0, the players looked shy, scared even, to lose the ball and possibly concede another.
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The C Word
by Far_Post at 12:22 24 Oct 2014

Pound in the swear box for Garry Monk this week as he broke rule number 1 in the post match interview manual following the defeat at Stoke. The use of the word cheating.
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Recent Weeks Have Left Us Wanting
by BarneyLW at 14:26 20 Oct 2014

One major criticism I had from the Newcastle game a fortnight ago-and this was the first real complaint I had all season-was that the team lacked a bit of ambition. The way we played that day, in comparison to the visitors, it seemed like with the slightest upping of the gears and the 3 points would've almost certainly gone to the Swans.
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Controversy, but still signs of an international hangover
by ChrisW at 14:24 20 Oct 2014

I don’t think there will be a single Swansea City fan or football fan in general for that matter, who agrees with the penalty awarded against Angel Rangel in Sunday’s game to Stoke. A poor dive from Victor Moses was enough of an excuse for the referee to award a penalty. You can’t blame a result on a single decision, but there is no denying that the penalty and goal just before half time definitely swung the momentum into Stoke City’s favour.
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Jacks on the Silver Screen
by BarneyLW at 15:45 14 Sep 2014

Friday was a strange night. On the eve of undoubtedly Swansea's toughest game so far this season (which eventually proved to be the case, as the Blues secured a 4-2 victory) I went to see Swansea in a different way. I have yet to even see the highlights of the Chelsea game, yet I have seen a movie about them. How many fans of other clubs can say that?!
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