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at 23:21 25 Jun 2022
Honestly, he’s dreadful.
|Kalvin Phillips to Man City |
at 18:03 24 Jun 2022
I wonder if the tongues of the internet will now be talking Flynn Downes to Leeds ?
|More staff in at the back |
at 00:10 24 Jun 2022
Tom Barnden has joined Swansea City as head of performance and has his sights set on putting a structure in place that will ensure the club presents a clear pathway from academy to first team on and off the field.
Barnden has joined the Swans following spells with Coventry City, Tottenham Hotspur, Brighton & Hove Albion, Manchester City’s academy and Nottingham Forest. During his time with those respective clubs he worked in the company of players such as Gareth Bale, Phil Foden and Callum Wilson.
He has joined up with the first-team coaching staff and squad for their week-long training camp at Pennyhill Park as preparations get under way in earnest for the 2022-23 season, and Barnden is already feeling at home in his new surroundings.
“I feel I have settled very quickly,” he said.
“The club from Julian Winter to the board, to Josh Marsh, Russell and staff have been very friendly and welcoming.
“I am delighted to be here and I am looking forward to getting going.
“Things have been going well this week, we’ve had some good team bonding sessions today (Wednesday). You can tell this is a tight group anyway, but it was enjoyable and a great experience.”
Barnden’s career across a number of clubs and managers with different philosophies and outlooks had given him a wide perspective on the challenges of making sure all elements of the performance hub complement each other.
Notably his time with Brighton saw Barnden work at academy and senior level as they rose from League One to the Premier League, and the south-coast club – now managed by former Swan Graham Potter – are widely respected and admired for their joined-up approach that runs through the Seagulls’ football operation at all levels.
And Barnden sees similarities between the two clubs.
“I have had some wonderful experiences at all the clubs I have been at,” he added.
I was fortunate to join Brighton in those early days where it took a big collaborative effort to get us to the Premier League, and what a journey it was, and you can see how the club is flourishing.
“They are another club with a clear identity and philosophy. I also learnt a lot from the academy and first-team set ups at Manchester City. It was a great piece of jigsaw and it was a wonderful place to work, they were two brilliant clubs to work for.
“I definitely see similarities here to what I found at Brighton; the welcome, the family feel of the club and a fantastic supporter base.
“I have a good feeling here. It is really positive.
“I have been fortunate to work with a variety of different styles and philosophies at my previous clubs.
“The key is to have that adaptability, and to understand how every piece of the puzzle fits together smoothly so we can be effective as a club.”
Barnden also outlined how his role will dovetail with the various medical and sports science departments within the Swansea City set-up.
His responsibilities will not be so much in on-field day-to-day delivery, but more about ensuring the framework is in place for departments to work effectively together – from academy all the way to senior side – in order to provide head coach Russell Martin with players in the best possible condition to play ‘The Swansea Way’.
“The role of head of performance is different across many clubs and that umbrella, if you like, of performance covers a number of different areas.
“For example, Matt Willmott’s role (head of physical performance) is to lead the physical conditioning along with the other staff as a day-to-day operation.
“My role is to lead the performance function of the club, and that includes physical performance, sports science, sports medicine, nutrition, psychology; we want to ensure elite high performance development is delivered through an effective and clear strategy across the first team and academy.
“The big thing is to have that consistency and stability of performance across the club.
“Essentially, I am the hub if you like, looking to stitch together all the different elements.
“A big factor for me coming here was that there is a clear identity and a clear vision of how we want to build the club and develop players.
“To do that it is so important to have the right framework and strategy to ensure that happens. We want to push players right from the academy through to the first team with a consistency of approach.
“Our purpose is to ensure the players are available and in the best position to deliver on the head coach’s tactical strategy to win together and win consistently.
“You have to know how your programme integrates with Russell’s clear idea on how he wants to play. That was there at Brighton and Manchester.
“So, my short-term goal is to build relationship and to listen and understand and analayse how we work as a department, and then adapt.
“Long term it will be about having a structure and plan in place that runs from the first team to the academy and provides that consistency of delivery.”
|Swansea Independent smashing it to the masses |
at 10:12 22 Jun 2022
Cheers for the support, there’s far more visitors than expected for this time of the year.
And getting ratings above the established media inc BBC and Wales in Line is exceptional. 👍
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|That feeling you get ? |
at 19:41 21 Jun 2022
As poppadoms, spices, chicken tikka vindaloo with rice, chips, garlic naan and onion bhajis arrives.
Is it just me ?
|Rodon and Morgan GW |
at 18:52 21 Jun 2022
Cooper knows his man that’s for sure. Huge assets to Forest if / when they sign.
|players in training today in Surrey |
at 18:29 20 Jun 2022
Morgan Whittaker, Liam Cullen, Kyle Joseph confirmed as there.
Walsh and Bennett yet to be confirmed.
B.Cooper there too.
|Swansea City documentary on S4C |
at 21:11 18 Jun 2022
A new S4C documentary follows the fortunes of three talented young footballers hoping to achieve their dream and sign professional contracts with Swansea City.
Bois yr Academi goes behind the scenes at the Championship club’s state-of-the-art Landore academy complex to tell the story of Iwan Morgan, Dylan Pritchard and Yori Griffith, who are hoping to beat the odds and become one of the 1% of academy players who make it as a professional.
Over 200 boys and girls aged from five to 18 attend the academy, which has been a breeding ground for some of Welsh football’s greatest talents over the decades.
The documentary follows the three hopefuls, who are at different stages of their development, and speaks to their parents, who spend a great deal of time and money travelling to midweek training sessions and weekend matches across the UK.
The academy’s coaches, who aim to bring the best out of each player and find the next first team star, also share their insights.
Jon Grey, Swansea City Academy Manager, said: “The sacrifices the parents make are unbelievable. The financial burden it puts on them, the sacrifice and the commitment they show for their children to try and live out their dream, is unbelievable.
“The stadium is there in sight. They want to make that journey from here at the academy, to there. There’s no greater inspiration of getting where they want to go, than seeing it every time they come here.
“It’s a short journey but it could be a very long one.”
Iwan, from Cardiff, is 15 years old but is already a part of the Under 18s team, where he plays as a striker.
He said: “I love football and there is nothing better than going to the academy after school on a Monday to play.
“I don’t enjoy school or education, and I love football, so I can’t see what else I could do in the future.
“There’s no Plan B – it’s Plan A or nothing for me.”
Dylan, aged 11, from Tresaith, plays as a goalkeeper for the Under 12s side.
He said: “There’s a lot of pressure on the goalkeeper. One mistake and we could lose the game, so I need to be at the top of my game.”
Yori, aged 15, from Haverfordwest, is a winger for the Under 16s side.
After spending time on the sidelines with injury, Yori faces an anxious wait to see if he will be kept on at the academy at the end of the year.
He said: “Having injuries makes me realise that’s why I need a Plan B.
“My Plan B is just to carry on working at school. I hope I can be a professional footballer, but if that doesn’t happen, I’ll have something else to fall back on.
“But losing one week of training can have a long-term effect, because someone else could take my spot, so it could affect my chances of getting a scholarship.
“It’s not a competition, but everyone wants a scholarship at the end of the day.”
DRYCH: Bois yr Academi is on S4C on Tuesday 21 June at 9.00pm English subtitles available On demand: S4C Clic, iPlayer and other platforms.
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