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The Sunday Swansea Independent
Sunday, 4th Oct 2020 13:18 by Liberty Lou for the Swans Independent

Some light reading for you all as we take a look at the previous few days that set tongues wagging, Viktor Gyökeres signs at last, Swansea City win again, Cooper gets even angrier, Winter needs to come in from the cold and Swansea City Ladies play at home. Yes we have it all here at Swansea Independent, your first and foremost Swansea City website.

In review

Maybe its time to take a breath on this very happy Sunday for Swans fans. On Wednesday we reported that Viktor Gyökeres would be signing on loan from Brighton for the season and offered you a professional and personal insight in to the Swedish international.

Cooper gets his man. Read the full story here

Steve Cooper once again reiterated his desire to retain his squad of players due to the high volume of fixtures coming up after the international break, so we were as surprised as anyone when news broke that a 'text message' had somewhat peeved Steve on Saturday morning.

Read the breaking news here with forum links to fans opinions on the day Winter left himself out in the cold

Steve Quotes
Kris Peterson left Swansea City this morning for four hundred thousand pounds plus add ins, and have a guess what New CEO Julian Winter advised him by text message when he was going to be named in today’s squad.

"Well I don't know the reason behind it [Peterson's impending exit]," said Cooper.

"I had a message off Julian Winter this morning to ask for him not to be involved. He was in the squad and would probably have been on the bench, and that's as much as I know about it to be honest. We're going to need a squad. And I know I haven't changed the team too much, only the goalkeeper today, because we've been playing every Saturday and we've got some positive results, and you keep going with that, that's pretty normal, but that isn't going to continue. We need a squad. I didn't want to lose any players."

And when asked if he was consulted about Peterson's exit, Cooper responded: "I think all clubs are different, with who makes decisions. I just got the instruction this morning, not to involve Kris, and what happens next with him I'm not too sure."

Swansea City fans reacted badly to this news and later on when badly advised tweets were put on Twitter the anger was palpable. The gist of the messages surrounded Steve Cooper walking out of Swansea and resigning. We made our usual careful inquiries and learned quickly the truth. Yes, Cooper had spoken with Winter post match and made it very clear that this was not the way that professional relationships developed and asked that this situation does not present itself again. Steve Cooper is manager of Swansea City and will continue in his role. However, we should all be mindful that Julian Winter has no experience of what it is like to be at a club like Swansea City, and relationships all round have to be solid for us as a club to move forward positively. Underhand financial transactions as experienced already at Swansea will not be tolerated. Hopefully Winter will take this on board and not leave his manager in the embarrassing situation he was in on Saturday.

Matchday thoughts

Cabango wins it for the swans
Swansea City 2 Millwall 1
Despite Millwall manager Gary Rowett's protestations post match Swansea took on the tough tackling approach of their opponents, coupled with their questionable off the ball tactics - and won the day. What was pleasing was Cooper and Marsh had been working on overloading the box with defenders, in his words,' If they have got that far forward then they may as well remain their to see how things develop' Too right Steve, and it paid off with two goals from defenders Jake Bidwell and Ben Cabanago. Last season under Cooper it would be doubtful a positive outcome would have been achieved in a match like the one we saw this weekend. This makes Winters weekend warrior tactics even more annoying in many fans eyes as it is clear Cooper has something special moving forwards at the club.

Bidwell scored his first swans goal v Millwall yesterday

Swansea City Ladies

The swans ladies go in to their second game of the season, kick off 3pm at LLandarcy against Port Talbot Ladies. Both sides are undefeated after successful opening day victories. The swans being successful over Cardiff and Port Talbot beating Aberystwyth.
“It is going to be strange (not having any fans there),” said general manager Owen.
“We don’t have a bad crowd for home matches so it’ll be a little weird, but it is the same as last week really. That was a big occasion with no supporters but the players will get on with it.
Ian Owen, general manager
“We know what is required of us. We don’t get to win the league without being physical ourselves, we obviously like to play a free-flowing style of football but we’ll be ready for all eventualities. Port Talbot are always a tough team to crack whether it is at home or away, they have given us some tough matches in the past so we are looking forward to the challenge. We are just looking forward to another local derby.”
Sadly covid guidelines do not allow fans in to watch the swans this afternoon, and that will be a disappointment based on the large crowds experienced last season when the swans won the league and qualified for the champions league.

So a gentle weekend for Swansea City, not much happened and now some of the team have two weeks in training whilst others represent their countries. Its just pretty average watching the swans.

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