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Thread: Jack to a King? – A Swansea City Story – by Redknapp69

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    Quote Originally Posted by samsami View Post
    Too many strikers, that's your main problem, sir
    We;re good at the moment - but with incomings we would have too many - yes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    Robbie is the man

    He and Bellamy look set to keep the partnership going to me, with Salmon filling in when needed.

    Pip definitely at the end of his career, is his contract up then? Hartson getting to that stage too imo.

    Lucas definitely not needed, agreed.

    I'd be looking at signing Randall over Symes. Based simply on age and pace. That'd be 4 strikers in my book and that's all you'd need.

    Salas over Villa, agree with AMC there but perhaps you don't need either and if you do move Hartson/Lucas/Pip on, then you've got Randall/Symes to come in in addition to Keane/Bellamy/Salmon.

    Bellers not really been prolific up top though - I see Salas/Keane as the main 2

    Inzaghi just not performed this season and last year didn't bag loads (given his quality) - and he's also on 55k a week! His contract is NOT up so hope we get some suitors!

    I'll keep Hartson until contract runs down I guess as he is WELSH and does offer that different option (and even though he doesn't play much his goals to games record is pretty good)

    Aye - Lucas is going (well - if anyone will have him)

    Amazed you don't think Salas would be good for us. I've gotta take him. Just overload then if ew do take Randall and Symes but as AMC said, Harston will go next year and Randall can learn th ropes and settle in and who knows if Salas may retire early etc

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    Award News

    Got a few monthly awards including last month of the season

    But the big award still eludes me - one day maybe………







    Contract News

    Finnan tied down for next couple of years until he is 34

    And Matthew Jones for FIVE years

    While Yury signs a SEVEN year deal

    And O’Donnell for FIVE years!












    Confirmed Transfer OUT

    The deal is actually £1.7m and 25% fee as he’ll go back to his homeland………





    Confirmed Transfers IN

    One of our scouts AMC suggested Yepes – and he’s willing to join us for a decent price!

    We then also get a beast of a LB! Looks like he’ll be first choice!

    Then we sign an Estonian LB who can be backup/3rd choice behind Finnan
























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    Yepes and Rustico are outstanding signings despite their age, their talent is unquestioned, and Giggs is a no brainer with him being Welsh. I imagine the signing of Giggs means the Kily Gonzalez deal has been cancelled?

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    The average age of the squad just went up by 50%

    Don't blame you for snapping up Giggs while you can!

    You'll get that manager of the year trophy one day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AMC View Post
    Yepes and Rustico are outstanding signings despite their age, their talent is unquestioned, and Giggs is a no brainer with him being Welsh. I imagine the signing of Giggs means the Kily Gonzalez deal has been cancelled?
    I knew you'd like those defenders - Estonia guy is a bit random but cheap wage wise

    Didn't think to cancel Kily - could well do - need to think on that one but think I'd rather the bodies

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    The average age of the squad just went up by 50%

    Don't blame you for snapping up Giggs while you can!

    You'll get that manager of the year trophy one day!

    It's called "expereince" marko

    If Giggs wasn't WELSH I probably wouldn't have bothered

    Keeping my eye out if Wales job ever becomes available wich could be a nice addition to the story but think I'd struggle as zero decent youth/regens coming through

    Think I need to win a trophy to get Manager of the year - and we haven't done that for a long time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by samsami View Post
    Your squad is improving, but a 34-year old? Even when it's Giggs?
    The most famous WELSHman in the game? Had to sign him didn't I

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    The most famous WELSHman in the game? Had to sign him didn't I
    Ok, I suppose you're right. Like Van Persie returning to Feyenoord. Hope he delivers for you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by samsami View Post
    Ok, I suppose you're right. Like Van Persie returning to Feyenoord. Hope he delivers for you!
    Indeed! Unsure if he'll be first choice but should prove valuable!

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    Confirmed Transfer IN


    ANOTHER experienced defender comes in – can’t argue on his att’s though! Think we are well stocked now at DC!







    Confirmed Transfer OUT

    Quick smart business with Inzaghi agreeing a deal elsewhere

    Whilst Figo leaves the club…….










    Award News

    Keane deservedly gets the top gong by the Swans fans





    European Award News

    Glad that Yury got recognised – but should he have won it when you look at Esteban’s record?!





    Spoiler!



    You could say the same about Neuville - how the feck he won it?! Keane gets though



    Spoiler!





    Finance Update

    Small fry compared to these days when they get £80m+!

    About £35m in bank now






    Board Expectations

    Not fecking about anymore – they want the big one!





    Competitor News

    Wow – big decision made!





    Fixture Update

    This is how we’ll start the season – reasonable enough but September looks testing


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    Awards are rigged in CM anyway

    Decent start to the fixture list, hopefully those 4 games will give you a chance to build up form/momentum for the tougher matches!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    Awards are rigged in CM anyway

    Decent start to the fixture list, hopefully those 4 games will give you a chance to build up form/momentum for the tougher matches!
    Those awards are a piss take - big clubs handing brown envelopes to the authorities!

    Yeah - good start and hit the ground running hopefully

    Full scale attack on the league this year!

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    Something different before we start pre-season……..


    A quick trip down memory lane to see how the players released by the Swans over the years have got on since……….

    These players were sold by us around 4 years ago (after we purchased them)

    The last 4 players were all promoted to our academy and I released them straight away so won’t focus on them (none of them have done anything of note)




    Ryan Moran






    Swansea Career?
    I had high hopes given his defensive att's and dropped £375k on him!

    Started 25 games but didn’t impress

    Sold for £400k (slight profit) to Sheff Wed the season after!


    What’s he done since?
    Bizarrely never played a game for them


    Was I correct to sell him? (Yes/No/Maybe)

    Seems to have some fine defensive att’s but very odd he’s never played since!





    What’s he up to “In Real Life” I hear you ask?!

    Passed away a young man





    Jermaine Easter






    Swansea Career?
    He joined us as a kid for £30k

    Was a “punt” as he was WELSH and decent striking att’s

    But game time was limited and then sold on a free (plus 25% which is still I place) to Cheltenham


    What’s he done since?
    Played really well and banging them in in League 2




    Was I correct to sell him? (Yes/No/Maybe)

    He’s thriving at his current level but doubt he could do it on the big stage





    What’s he up to “In Real Life” I hear you ask?!

    After having more clubs than Jack Nicklaus(!), he retired last year





    Andy Lodge






    Swansea Career?
    He joined us on a Bosman as a decent looking lower league defender

    Never worked out and we let him go on a Bosman


    What’s he done since?
    Played for a few years for Orient in League 1 doing a reasonable job but they also didn’t think he could raise his game

    Now in Non-League and seems a “big fish in a small pond”


    Was I correct to sell him? (Yes/No/Maybe)

    Hell yeah!





    What’s he up to “In Real Life” I hear you ask?!

    Managing in Non-Leagues by the looks of it. Got the boot a couple of years ago from a job


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    It shows how far you came in four years that these players are still knocking about in lower leagues!

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    Indeed

    Easter maybe I thought could have done better (he did in real life)

    The others like many I have had before we're "proper" old school defenders but maybe more suited to the kick them and hoof it!

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    Pre-Season Tour

    Given it’s a World Cup Year, we will not be travelling far (I plan on Asia or USA if we continue to do well next year)

    So – It’s a short hop over to Holland but we are playing 2 quality teams whilst there (then “Den Haag” who have a close relationship with Swansea)

    Then a home friendly against Non League Newport which is one for the fans and Welsh bragging rights! (I assume we should batter them though!)





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    World Cup Final

    Germany v England – you know what happens right?....................

    Our own Lee Bowyer missing one of the spot kicks as well

    Odd that only 10k watched the final in the homeland of Germany?!






    Staff IN

    We get one of the best Welsh coaches in – have to pay £900k to Wrexham mind – ex keeper as well!

    Then Stam agrees and we’re delighted to have him on board








    Scouting Update

    Hmmmmmmmmmm – seems like the transfer for our Estonian LB may not happen with a WP issue





    Confirmed Summer Transfers IN

    A barrel load in (including Dacourt) – sadly the Estonian doesn’t get a WP – he’s got EIGHTY SIX caps – WTF more does he need?!




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    Dibble is top notch! Is Big Rog a coach now too? Can't recall if you kept him on!

    86 caps and no work permit Perhaps Estonia are too low down in the co-efficient to warrant a work permit. Either that or he hasn't played a certain percentage of Estonia's games recently to qualify?

    Shame about Stam but yeah, plenty of others coming. I see you've decided to sign everyone

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    Officer Dibble is quality but fecking should be for 900k we had to pay Wrexham!

    Not worrying over the "Estonian" - Finnan can be backup LB to Rustico (and Glenn Webb inr eserve and Malcolm still around if needs be)

    Thought we had 1 more year in Jaap but good he's joined backroom staff

    Good job we did get some extra recruits in!


    Leicester snapped up "Big Rog" as a coach


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    See ya Jaap




    Welcome back Jaap!!!





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    Quote Originally Posted by ebfatz View Post
    See ya Jaap




    Welcome back Jaap!!!




    Didn’t have as good coaching att’s as the guy he replaced but he’ll surely be good for our defensive coaching and nice to keep him at club

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    Quote Originally Posted by samsami View Post
    That world cup final
    Typical

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    Confirmed Transfers OUT

    We bid goodbye to Savage – he’s had an important role on an off the pitch for us. Didn’t play much but never let me down

    We allowed him to leave without a fee as a gesture of our appreciation and so he can get the game time he deserves








    Then Arsenal do business with us again (after we take a couple of their youngsters and they took Hesp from us) when they pay a fine sum for Jay Lucas

    I could well regret it if he plays regularly as he is a goalscorer but it’s a good deal for both parties and we wish Jay well







    Injury News

    Feck sake – he’ll miss ALL of pre-season and also the first 3 league games! (and any CL games)






    Away to Feyenoord in our 1st pre Season game!

    Should be a cracking 1st match up to blow off the cobwebs!



    Team News

    We pick our best perceived XI and bench

    Some HUGE players don’t even make the bench such as Dacourt, Mellberg, Lescott, Hartson and Mulryne

    While new folk like Symes/Randall, Lee Andrews will have their time in the upcoming games





    The Game

    "Solid but unspectacular win in Swans first outing of the new season!”

    Better team 1st half and Simon Davies slots away a pen after Yepes is barged over from a set piece

    2nd half a bit tighter and we are rusty shooting on goal and we have a number of bumps and bruises which are subbed but we do enough for the win





    No real standout player which is understandable but Toure was solid as fook at da back

    Spoiler!



    Transfer Speculation

    2 free agents – I’m very tempted












    Away to ADO (Den Haag) in our 2nd pre Season game!

    Expecting a more comfortable win here……….



    Team News

    The only change we make is Koumas for Pizarro

    Hoping the main men rack up a few goals today

    Next 2 games will see a lot of rotation



    The Game

    "10 man Swans defeat ADO with the cigar out and a debut goal for Salas!!”

    As expected we’re all over them and 2 goals to the good by HT through our WELSHmen Davies and Matthew Jones

    Marcelo Salas then gets a debut goal but minutes later Matthew Jones see’s red for a 2 footed tackle – the timing was off so let’s hope he’s got that out of the way in pre-season!

    Game is seen out easily by our 10 men





    Attacking unit gelled well together which was good to see

    Spoiler!

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