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Monk Out
at 17:39 18 Jun 2019

Another club going the youth route due to financial issues (in their case it's FFP sanctions more than actual lack of cash afaik).
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No Checkatrade for the u21s
at 13:54 14 Jun 2019

We've not been invited. Shame, has been a great experience for the development lads, and we've done better than many academy sides getting past the group stages each year iirc.

https://www.efl.com/news/2019/june/liverpool-and-manchester-united-u21s-confirme
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Jack Evans
at 13:22 6 Jun 2019

Back in action this weekend. Been training with Trinidad and Tobago. Looks fit and strong.

https://www.swanseacity.com/news/jacks-back-wales-after-cancer-battle
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Wales vs Croatia, Hungary
at 09:36 29 May 2019



Dan James, Connor Roberts and Joe Rodon in the squad. No Declan John.

Ben Davies having a hernia op right after the CL final so will miss out. No Dummett either. Neil Taylor and Ben Williams as the left-back options.

Cian Harries was at the hush hush training camp the week before the Portugal one.
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Profiling Championship Fullbacks
at 11:59 22 May 2019

Following on from their excellent article on ball-playing centre halves, two good Twitter follows present one on Championship full-backs, looking at how they compare in terms of passing style, accuracy, and defensive contribution.

https://medium.com/@pannasandnutmegs/profiling-championship-full-backs-4a9ca8085

Unsurprisingly, Connor Roberts gets picked out as a standout, as van der Hoorn and Rodon were in the last article.

The cb one if you missed it: https://medium.com/ram-blings/profiling-ball-playing-centre-backs-in-the-champio
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Wales Training Camp
at 10:06 21 May 2019



Dan James, Connor Roberts and Joe Rodon included in a mixed group of young and older players ahead of next month's internationals. Real squad is announced at the end of this month.

Dylan Levitt is a quality player. Never been convinced by Broadhead.
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(Some) Young Swans offered new deals
at 14:58 10 May 2019

New contracts for Matt Blake (2 years), Josh Gould and Tom Price (1 year).

One year extension clauses activated for Liam Cullen and Kieran Evans.

First pro deals offered to Mason Jones-Thomas, Cameron Evans, Daniel Williams and Marc Walsh.

Ryan Blair, Keston Davies, Tyler Reid, Adam King, Adnan Maric and Jack Withers released as I expected. But Aaron Lewis I did not.

Plus Nathan Shepperd signing for Brentford after his scholarship ended.

https://www.swanseacity.com/news/new-deals-offered-young-swans-0
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U23s vs Man City (7pm)
at 18:09 29 Apr 2019

Final game of the PL2 season. Swans already relegated. But places in the team for the cup semi final up for grabs.

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Accounts 17-18
at 11:08 27 Apr 2019

Up on Companies House now.

https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/00123414/filing-history
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Swans Keeper makes Team of the Season
at 16:57 24 Apr 2019

http://analyticsfc.co.uk/blog/2019/04/08/team-of-the-season-english-championship

Not the official one. And not Kris, obviously. But in the opinion of some professionals in the stats and analysis game Mulder, van der Hoorn and James (narrowly beating out Buendia) have been among the most effective individual players in the division this season (based on their "unique player performance algorithm").

Celina and Rodon also make the u23 side.
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Curtis Retiring
at 13:32 16 Apr 2019

Taking up that voluntary redundancy package?

https://www.swanseacity.com/news/curtis-retire-coaching-role
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Rodon or CCV?
at 11:55 6 Apr 2019

Really good article here on the various qualities of ball-playing centre halves in the Championship.

https://medium.com/ram-blings/profiling-ball-playing-centre-backs-in-the-champio

The charts clearly show what we've all noticed by now: CCV is a very accomplished safe passer of the ball, while Joe Rodon is a more ambitious and creative option for unlocking teams. Also that vdH is class.

I'm hoping Joe features as much as possible (fitness permitting) between now and the end of the season, we've missed his influence on games even if CCV is probably the better player overall.
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U23s vs Brighton (PL2) 7pm
at 11:47 5 Apr 2019

Swans must avoid an away defeat to stand a chance at staying in the division. Been a tough one, but form and performances have improved as the season has gone on. Hope remaining, however small, with Spurs and Man City left to play.

Oli Cooper out for the rest of the season with ankle ligament damage. Likely to be a very young side again, like most away fixtures have been ahead of senior home games.
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McClaren Sacked
at 11:52 1 Apr 2019

17th not good enough for QPR. New manager by the time we play them, you think?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/47773297
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U23s vs Forest (PL Cup Quarter Final) 3pm
at 10:44 29 Mar 2019

Stream available on the Swans website.

Highlights of last year's dramatic quarter final here:
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van Gaal Interview
at 23:38 26 Mar 2019

Some interesting stuff about management & the media. A good read.

"Too much experience is not good. Then you have an automatic pilot. You always need imagination and you cannot forget how inspiring young players can be.

"If you are not willing to trust young players, you are not suitable to be a manager of a club with a youth education."

"Manchester United had over 30 players. I brought them back to 23. Then I had an open selection for the youth academy. I did that at every club. That is why a lot of young players have made their debuts with me."

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/47704834
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Remember Dan Altman?
at 19:49 25 Mar 2019

Here's an interview.

https://differentgame.wordpress.com/2019/03/25/dan-altman-interview/
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Wales vs Slovakia
at 12:55 24 Mar 2019

What a team!

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International Break
at 13:45 19 Mar 2019

DJ didn't do full training with the rest of the squad today. He, Brooks and James Lawrence did a separate light session. Carrying a knock from those City cloggers, probably.

Ampadu, Tom Lawrence and Sam Vokes all injured and won't play this week.
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U23s vs Villa (PL Cup last 16) 7pm
at 18:04 15 Mar 2019

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