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If not when, when not if. ?
at 13:06 14 Oct 2021

Some issues from the recent forum.

The legal case : "If not when".

Silverstein's investment "When not if".

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/58902833

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Was a Welsh player disrespected last night then? Yes but not in east Europe.
at 13:27 9 Oct 2021

Gerwyn Price abused while playing darts.



Pretty sad state of affairs actually.

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The Monkists are back.
at 15:23 7 Oct 2021

The round heads are back vying for the hearts are souls of the cavalier purist Swansea faithful. Under the guise of science and statistics they seek to get Swansea to play a statistically based form of Cooperball. This is a re run of the Monk revolution circa 2015.

Swansea are now on the cusp of a new era of progressive based possession dominating football introduced by Martinez. Had Swansea had someone better than Cullen v Derby it was 1-0 3 points and 70% possession. Happy days. Cooper lost to Derby last season.

Martin has acknowledged that the club need help up top in January to turn these 0-0s into wins. Cullen and Whittaker have come up short.
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Martin is for the 'long term'.
at 20:41 2 Oct 2021

Russell Martin has mentioned in two or three of his press conferences that he is here for the "long term". What does this mean?

Swansea have relied in the past on the knowledge of Huw Jenkins to find managers that suit the passing philosophy of the club. His works was exceptional from Flynn through to Martinez, Sousa, Brendan Laudrup and Potter.

The problem of this was that none stayed in place more than a season or two. Eventually changing manager took it's toll. Clement saw decline in line with poor recruitment from Leadbetter. Bony, Clucas, Mesa .

Potter looked like a long term d fix but any verbal agreements with the chairman at the time became null and void after 'Jamesgate' and the Chair's resignation.

Clearly the new model is a manager in place not for 2 seasons but 4 or 5. The benefit of this is clear to see with smaller clubs like Norwich and Burnley Farke and Dyche. If Martin can match those two then the team will spend time in the Premier league.

Winter has a PL promotion to his name already. A solid managerial team of Winter Allen Scott and Martin staying in place for 5 seasons with an established way of playing is the best bet for SIlverstein, Kaplan and Levien to make huge profits. I believe the main driver of this strategy is Mr Silverstein.

Russell Martin has a contract but I believe has an understanding that if there is year on year progress he will be given several seasons to get to the Premier league. If it is looking promising the US investor could pump in more cash initially as a convertible loan. I believe he understands this patience and time given to him has to be reciprocated to the rest of the management team once Potter goes to Liverpool and Dan Ashcroft comes calling asking if Martin is willing to talk.

I hope Martin has a nice new villa on the Gower, He may as well settle down. He will in my opinion be there for some time.

Watch out for the 'long term' quotes.
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VAR cynics.
at 21:38 29 Sep 2021

The media bone heads who objected to the millimetric evaluations of VAR off-sides were playing to the crowd and favouring big popular urban teams over provincial small town battlers and home teams over away teams.

The reason for this is that they allowed referee interpretations to get involved and we all know what that means.

Take the two in line goals by Cullen and Mitrovic. Both were level.

Cullen offside (not given the benefit of the doubt). Mitrovic (level given the benefit of the doubt).

Henry Lansbury - don' t ask.
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Best 11 for some time.
at 14:09 26 Sep 2021

Hey, I am not expert in football just a humble fan in my humble shed in Resolven. Followed the Swansea since before Toshack. I love Wales and Swansea city. We in my opinion could be heading back to the great days under our US leaders, who keep a light hand on the tiller.

The modus opera-tum is clear. Get promoted to the PL while balancing the books. (not easy).

I have put together an impressive management /ownership 11 which seems to me to be packed with quality and experience. Long term ownership of two successful US teams. A league cup winner, 4 promotions, including two promotions to the Premier leagues, experience in big roles in the biggest c of clubs Man city and Rangers. Swansea track record over 20 years has been impeccable. Anyone remember the chaos of the pre jenkinista era?

5-4-1

GK - Huw Jenkins

LWB Sinnett - RWB Dalton

CB Levien, Kaplan , Silverstein

MF Allen, Winter, Scott, Martin Morgan

Up top Martin .

Sub Lisa (London)

That is a pretty solid set of backers in my opinion. I want a bit more fro the wing backs and they need to commit to the club and sign up for a long term.

[Post edited 26 Sep 14:11]
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Do Luton Town owe Swansea city an apology.?
at 20:45 23 Sep 2021

I am an old fashioned sort of bloke. In last Saturday's game one Swansea player was assaulted by a Luton player and lucky not to have been injured and another Swansea player was racially abused by a fan of Luton.

Could the two event be in some way related in the sense that unreasonable behaviour was encouraged? The fan might assume if Lansbury can flatten a Welsh teams player from behind with minimal comeback then a fan might also have some latitude . It might have appeared to a twisted soul open house especially after a spell of sheep themed chanting perhaps.?

Fake protestation of zero tolerance are not good enough in my book. Nathan Jones even disputes that Lansbury should have been booked for events after what I regard as a non foul by Manning.

This is substandard behaviour. Is abuse of Swansea players is more common than in any other team?. Is this a coincidence that Swansea are one of only three non English sides in the league? Swansea fans are know for their tolerance of what the South wales constabulary regard as anti Welsh racially aggravated abuse.

Could Mr Winter write a stiff letter to David Wilkinson for an explanation and an apology?

Some challenging concepts here folks. I do a lot of thinking in the shed above Resolven after collecting wood etc.
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Ross Barkley
at 16:33 22 Sep 2021

Chelsea are paying Ross £6m per year just to train. Efforts to find someone to pay more than 20% of his wages have failed.

He may get a little stretch tonight in the Carabao cup. Extraordinary.

https://www.si.com/soccer/chelsea/news/report-the-reason-why-ross-barkley-remain
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There is just something about Piroe.
at 19:15 19 Sep 2021

Maybe it is just me but there is something about Piroe that looks like a blessing from celestial place. Its only a hunch, a gut feeling something in he air. he has done well upto now.

Why did he not make it at PSV? He got 2 in 20 at the not so mighty Sparta Rotterdam. Something has just clicked.

We of course remember the 'Borja blast' two season ago when Cooper re-integrated him. That soon fizzled out. This somehow seems different.

That Bristol city goal was not spectacular but highly intuitive. Piroe was the only person involved, all the others were spectators.

Did it all come together on the beach with his Dad? This is life this is football.
What do I know. Is it just me?
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Ode to Steve Cooper
at 12:09 1 Sep 2021

Cooper, Copper why did you go,?
We followed you loyally rain, sleet or snow.

Cooper Cooper why did you go.?
No centre forwards? Now Obafemi, Joseph, Piroe

Cooper Cooper why did you go?
No elite loans or so it was said? Rhys Williams, (a player), and Ethan B Laird.

Cooper Cooper why did you go.?
Selling Grimesy your captain, your rock.?
But he is still at Swansea under transfer window lock.
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English football's first US manager.
at 16:48 29 Aug 2021

Bob Bradley is doing fine. Nice self depreciation.

https://www.angelsonparade.com/2021/8/28/22646207/bob-bradley-the-cooligans-why-

I have to say I quite like the fellow. He always did his best. Who know how it would have turned out. he had Llorente and Sigurdson on the books after all. A couple of tastey signings???
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