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Squad Depletion
at 18:01 14 Aug 2017

As much as I am for cutting the deadwood it should not impact the quality of the team.subs bench:
Like them/rate them or not these are the outgoings:
Amat (3rd or 4th choice better then VHD)
Tabanou (maybe PC could have worked with)
Barrow( at least a pacey option coming off the bench)
Emnes( looking at Saturdays bench, he has more attacking threat of any of them)
Baston(£15m striker...2nd season with a pre-season who knows..better than Ollie)
Gomis(like him or not he is a quality finisher and better than Ollie)
Cork(Not fantastic but solid PL player)
Siggi( Soon to depart???)

I'm not going to give my personal view on them but I know they would have enhanced the bench at least.
Love the transfers optimism
at 21:59 13 Aug 2017

Love all the posts about how when we sell Siggi then a host of players will come in like Wlf,Allen,Chadli etc and the americans will do it as they showed in January!!

Do you all know how long we take to get offers accepted and terms to be discussed..I make it 17 days from now for all this to take place and Siggi is still here LOL.

Swans to sign 17 goal sensation
at 23:57 9 Aug 2017

Courtney Baker Richardson from Leamington...Says he is 21 so surely it is for the development squad not the first team.
Are we actually active or not?
at 23:35 7 Aug 2017

Do any of you think we are actually active in the transfer market or not, its a serious question.
Seems we are in exiting players but I don't believe there is any appetite whatsoever in bringing in unless to replace a first teamer.
I think all the links are just your typical agents where its always the same players linked to 4 or 5 premier teams.
Surely we do not all watch the same player as there are thousands out there, I think not.
So what do you all think?
Unsettling the squad
at 20:40 1 Aug 2017

All this Gylfi saga is completely unsettling the squad and as far as I am concerned it is holding us back...via the purse strings.
Thing is the fact remains clear the club are more than happy for him to go for the right price...the club CAN stand up and say to Gylfi and Everton that we will now start the season with Gylfi as its getting to late to the season.

Pure business logic would suggest get the players you need now cos once Gylfii leaves there will be a few million added to each and every player we try to sign.

Once the season starts its harder to get the players for the right price hence we eat more into the cash we receive.

Being yanks I thought they would understand take is that they will say that asa its close to the close of the transfer window it was difficult to get the players in time!!!!!
Team strengthening
at 12:21 20 Jul 2017

Is it just me but it seems that the only players we are linked with are replacements if Sigurdsson/Llorente leaves.

The likes of Viera and Chadli are the types we need to compliment a side that just scraped relegation in the last 5 games and with so many holes of weakness throughout.

Depending on the system we intend on playing but seems like 433 is the one PC prefers then the upgrades are most definitely RB, CB, creative midfielder and a creative/goalscoring type like the links with Viera/Chadli would make us stronger.
That is only 4 players not a great ask really surely, with the likes of emnes,barrow etc moving on there must be room for this surely.

For once can the club take the initiative and try to actually move forward with some exciting signings or is HJ still scared of us getting as good as we were under Laudrup.
Lack of urgency from above
at 22:02 9 Jan 2017

I have to say that the lack of urgency from above has not changed one bit and it is the usual well run club that ponders over everything to the extent that it has damaged the whole fabric of the club...Oh and I should have said the once or even we were told we were well run!!!!!!!!!!!
Throwing away 11 games under the abortion of management that was BB and now about to approach our 3rd game in January without strengthening the pitiful squad we have at our disposal...The usual its difficult in January or players cost more has worn thin with me now.
Unfortunately if we do spark some sort of revival I feel it will all be a bit too late due to the factors above...Criminal and painful to see.
Checking Oddschecker!
at 23:01 28 Dec 2016

Sean Dyche on the list.....would love that one and he knows Burnley have their limitations would he be interested with a bit of ambition shown from us!

I know they are currently above us but we are more fashionable or were!!!!!!!!!!!!

Type of manager required??
at 23:01 27 Dec 2016

So what do you all think should be the type of manager we need right now:

is it the experienced prem league old boy or ex prem player?
up and coming manager with good fresh ideas
or someone from abroad or an internal appointment?
Theres lots to decide.

My choice would be to offer a good bonus to an experienced manager but only till end of season..Hodgson and Redknapp fit the bill as they be happy short term.

Redknapp for me over Roy as he has always said good things about us and can identify the right players as Roy could hardly get here when England manager even when wee looked good!

During the remaining months we can then source the new manager that can rebuild us either its in the Prem or Championship!!!

Be good if we could do a poll on type of manager needed!
7 game comparision
at 12:02 18 Dec 2016

Results aside these stats show many issues:

FG- scored 6 conceded 7

BB- scored 14 conceded 19

So under FG very tight but bit of work to start scoring more but achievable.

Under BB scoring 2 per game should show a better result tally...but of course with 19 let in it wont.
So we can be tighter as proven above and we can score goals so is it possible that with the right shape and system that this YES THIS team can produce more??????
at 18:35 17 Dec 2016

Some serious investigation needs to be done to see where the money has gone!!!!!
Its not on the squad on net value!
Its not on stadium expansion!!...or even maintaining it!
Its not on the commercial dept because its still of low standards!

So where has it gone and don't tell me the £8m or whatever on training complexes that board members contracted to their companies.
So where is it!!!!!!!!!!!
[Post edited 17 Dec 2016 18:36]
Can we sack the players
at 17:55 17 Dec 2016

Because that ultimately is what is needed...I don't think BB is upto it but you can see he knows the issues and keeps trying to address it but the team really is not capable of doing much better and also does not even want to.
I would be quite happy to relieve them all of their duities as I have no affiliation any longer to any of them!!!
If anyone thinks AC will change it around then I give up I honestly do.

My biggest problem is we will struggle at championship standard and the old board despite the lies that they will never put the club at risk we will be in a financial mess despite never splashing out!!!
If we are in a financial mess then the old board needs investigation to what they have done with the serious money we have gained!

at 21:51 3 Dec 2016

Its not often I post and when I do its not to get at the team but after today I sat there with reality really hitting home.
We can and will blame the manager first and foremost and after the fightback shown last week Bob should have started Llorente but didn't.
But look guys other than Gylfi(shit today granted) I wont care if any of the others play for the swans again...its hard to see how any of them made it as a professional footballer...cant tackle, no movement, cant pass, not reading the game..its endless the basics they cant grasp.
How many managers are we going to go through this season cos the same players cant or wont respond which is why I really have lost any affinity to them.
Lets get it up and start again whatever league that is in.
I mean what is the point of being in the league if you have no intention of competing and negative approach...every time we use the negative approach we lose so what is the point..Cant we just try to be positive and expressive and try to win the game..if we lose then hard lines but this is the f&**ing pits watching this.
It hurts me so much after 36 years of the Swans and we are happily being shafted by these overpaid players...can see why some modern day fans want out!!

An American perspective!
at 00:58 7 Nov 2016

I think this article is well written and non biased as its an americans view!
A sample of some fans thinking!
at 00:21 7 Nov 2016

When we finally started to play a bit in the second half a guy behind me said 'I reckon that with the american's investment in January we will be fine and hopefully we can challenge that top 6 we are aiming for'.
Most and I mean most really have no idea of what goes on other than what they see on the pitch and MOTD.
I am still trying to work out which club he supports from his comments but I don't think they play in white!
Unattached keeps me sane
at 20:16 3 Oct 2016

After reading the meltdown here I have finally found my football karma.

Over the 30 years of supporting my beloved club I have gone through every emotion on offer!!
I wanted to know about the ins and outs of players and managers etc but since getting to the premier league and the way managers Martinez and Rodgers jilted the Swans(and me) I have come to the conclusion that as long as I can go down the Liberty and see my beloved Swans I am happy.
Who is in the dugout and on the pitch all feels unimportant these days as you realise they come and go and once you Unattach yourself life seems so much nicer and less stressful.
Time for calm and a reality check
at 22:20 26 Sep 2016

We were an admired club who done things differently not so long ago but as the club has changed soo have we..we have finally joined the media/pundit circus that the premier league thrives on.
Fan or not when you go into a brand new season then to me you are happy with the management side of things otherwise change should be done then.
Now the fixtures hasn't been good as the first 8 games are difficult to say the least but as we all know the season evens itself out.
Now for survival you need to be averaging a point a game with the addition of 4 or 5 points to supplement the final tally.
Okay we are behind at the moment but if we give a realistic review on Dec 10th against Sunderland where we are 15 games in... if we are on equal points or more there is nothing to see here and if not there is still 23 games remaining with a transfer window ahead.
Please lets not ride this veil wave because I thought we were better than that.
Recruitment Structure
at 20:19 31 Aug 2016

If anything this worse transfer window since hitting the premier league has shown me is that we need a very professional approach to our recruitment policy.
It is obvious the case that when we have an interest in a player we take an age to follow it through and if another club comes in we have little chance or don't intend to compete.
This window Allen, Maher, Ziyech, and now Valencia have been nabbed from underneath us...actually though I am unsure that we really went for any of them full heartedly.
Allen we wanted cheap and after the recent defeats Huw made noises over Ziyech and Valencia and can say at least we tried but ultimatelt fail time and time again.
As we will not rather than cant compete with pretty much all the other 19 clubs we have to plough money in a professional structure where we scout all leagues and try to bring in the next talent.
Ajax do this very succesfuly and scout African, Asian and south American leagues along with the smaller European leagues.
The way things are going I do not see us competing any other way without spending like a premier league club.
Any thoughts?
Lack of Quality is sad to see
at 23:04 20 Aug 2016

The key issues of last season are still to be addressed, ie defending at set pieces, creative midfield, delivering wingers and a game plan with tempo and urgency.
Lets all face it we were lucky last season following poor recruitment but this pre season we have really shot ourselves in the foot.
Okay on face of it £32 million for a 32 yr old centre back and an attacking player who don't fit the system seems great business but one is a leader who commands respect from his team mates and statistically one of the best in the league and the other a leader who can get 12 - 20 goals a season.
Today we had no leaders out there and were very pedestrian at times almost like a pre season friendly.
What was needed after last season was plain for me to stay in the league and move forward, unfortunately other than potentially upgrading our strikers though a man light we still need a commanding centre back, a playmaker in central midfield, a winger that can deliver plus another alternative for Gylfi.
On todays performance you can also see that we are not going to score many goals this year as other than the strikers and gylfi it is hard to see many goals from anyone else...I mean Barrow, Montero, Routs and Dyer will be lucky to get 10 between them in this system.
Lucky we still have time in this window but I feel there is little hunger from the board and little time to provide Guido the tools needed to improve...oh well reap what you sow I guess.
Summer recruitment- with future in mind
at 12:46 4 Apr 2014

With the season coming to a close and with additions needed for a new campaign.
But what do you all think about long development and purchases.... I think we should look at younger british players sooner so they can take on the clubs philosophy.
The link to the likes of Nick Powell seems to suggest we are looking this way:
I would like to look for good welsh players too as long as we feel they can either improve us know or in the future.
I would like to go for Adam Matthews as a long term Rangel replacement is a must, he is of a similar type.
Johnny Williams would be great as Leons long term replacement and would fit us to a tee, as would Emr Huws.
As longer term I think Tom Lawrence of Man U, currently at Yeovil.
With managers like Laudrup etc they will only look at the team in the short term and in the results business you cant blame them, maybe just maybe Monk will look at now and the future if given the role. That would make him a stand out candidate to Huw and the board.
Any other players with potential you can think of?
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