Swansea City is seriously fumed over Naples police on fans’ delay in their game against Napoli. In fact, the leading Welsh soccer club has even declared to launch official complaint against Naples police & UEFA.
The club had seriously condemned “deplorable and unnecessary delays” in the transportation of supporters to Naples stadium from specified collection points.
Buses from the Italian capital were delayed & it took more than 2 hours for around two hundred fans to reach from Naples port to stadium.
“For our supporters to be delayed this very way is completely deplorable”, stated an annoyed spokesman from Swansea City. “There’s just no excuse & we are demanding answers from Naples authorities and UEFA. The worst bit is that it’s not the 1st time it has happened to the visiting supporters in Naples. The Arsenal supporters had to face a similar fate in the recently concluded Champions League.”
“We felt that we did everything needed to eliminate any trouble for our valued supporters”, added in another spokesman from the club. “Last month we sent delegation to discuss on earlier issues with Naples local police.”
“We were of the view that we could come up with some positive progress as they assured us that there won’t be a repeat of previous issues for our supporters. But unfortunately, a fair share of the assurances give to us weren’t honored that night. We did whatever possible that night to ease the situation – we got to UEFA delegates, British consulate & Napoli officials as well.
But, we could not exercise any sort of control over the events. However, we do appreciate the enormous support we received from the fans all through the years. It is disgraceful how badly they were treated here where they flew from so far just to extend support for our club”
Swansea’s head boss Michael Laudrup wants to make a similar loan deal to the one already completed with Gylfi Sigurdsson who made an impact with the team despite only having signed on a short term deal with Swansea.
Injuries have taken a toll on the team of Laudrup as he has to cope with the muscle strains of Jonathan de Guzman and Dwitch Tiendally as they joined the list of injured players of the club. A permanent deal involving any player from the transfer market might prove to be too costly for Swansea which is why Laudrup is hoping to instead sign some of his target players on a loan deal and see how it works out.
Laudrup said: “You can take players on loan who could come and help you or any club for the last four months of the season – the best example at Swansea was Sigurdsson who came in really had a huge impact and helped Swansea in a difficult moment and scored some goals.
“We could use one, maybe two, but not for a number but for someone who can bring something we think we need for a certain position, or something we don’t have.
“I don’t think we are in a situation where we can say we definitely want to look for players in Britain or abroad, it’s about what qualities we want from that player, what position we are talking about and what possibilities we have. There are a lot of other teams who may need players in the same position.”
Laudrup confirmed that he indeed has enough cash and a budget big enough to sign players on a permanent deal but stressed out the importance of having a player join a new club and see how he fits in with his new playing field.
The England under 21 player Tom Ince rejected a move to Cardiff earlier in the summer, but Huw Jenkins, the chairman of Swansea City, is quite optimistic regarding the scopes of luring him to Liberty Stadium. Swansea is hatching a plan to take Blackpool winger Tom Ince during the January transfer window.
Earlier in October, a leading website reported that Tottenham is getting ready for a £ 5 million January move for Tom Ince, even though he had already a rejected a Cardiff offer in July. But Huw has revealed that Liberty Stadium squad is now planning to reestablish their interest in Ince when the January transfer window opens.
While speaking to a leading UK based tabloid, Swansea chairman said that Tom Ince is a very good young player and he is the one they are looking for to get in this summer. They would talk to Blackpool once again. He knows their chairman Karl Oyston and when the time is right they would make contact and see what could be done.
In the meantime, Swansea defender Angel Rangel is expecting a good result in their crunch clash with Fulham on Saturday. Swansea’s official website stated that Angel Rangel told that they have done well at Fulham in the past few seasons. It has clicked for them in the past 2 matches there – they played quite well – and hopefully they could make it 3 on the trot.
Swansea city started the season as the holders of the League Cup, but they have suffered a humiliating exit at the hands of Birmingham in the third round of the competition itself.
Swansea managed to beat in the likes of Chelsea on the way to the first silverware last season. This increased expectations in the team this campaign and they did their bit to sustain the expectations by bringing a lot of big names in the summer. However, it has been a poor start to the season for Michael Laudrup and his men.
Apart from the 3-0 victory against Valencia in the Europa league, this season has had a few highlights for the club. They are now unable to defend their trophy as well after suffering a 3-1 defeat against Birmingham. After the match, Laudrup said that this was totally unacceptable from his players given that they had a lot of quality across the pitch. Dan Burn, Matt Green and Tom Adeyemi were the scorers for Birmingham on the night. For their part, Swansea were coming into the match on the back of a good run of form that has seen them take up wins in the last two matches.
Laudrup, though, was pleased with the fact that his team created a lot of chances.
“With the number of chances we created, we should have scored more. We paid the price of that because I don’t think I would be very wrong when I say we could have been four up at half-time. We create a lot of chances every game, but you have to score. We didn’t score when we should have done. When we didn’t, it gave them confidence that they could get into the game,” said Laudrup, whose team face Arsenal in a home match this weekend in the Premier league.
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has been the latest to be linked with a move to Barcelona. This is after the Spanish club recently announced the resignation of Tito Vilanova from the managerial post due to his health concerns.
It was only a year ago that the 44-year-old was promoted from his role as the assistant manager. Barcelona usually look from within for the new manager. If it is not the case, then they try to appoint someone who has had the know-how of the club. Laudrup is one of the best known Barcelona midfielders and he is especially popular with fans.
He was one of the key players during the Johan Cruyff managerial era. He has been trying to adopt the lessons learnt from his Barcelona days in his managerial job at Swansea. He has had huge success in the one-year he has been at Swansea, as he has helped the club finish in the top half of the table and also lift their first major trophy. Laudrup recently got the approval from the owners to spend a lot of money in the hope of achieving the feats of last season once again.
He has said that he definitely does not want to take over the vacant managerial job at Barcelona right now because he is concentrating only on Swansea.
“I really can’t comment on that because you are asking me something I don’t know anything about. The club is still working on it, so he’s still in Holland. We gave him permission to train with Vitesse, otherwise it will be too many days without doing anything. Those are the things you have to cope with as well when you sign players from outside the EU, but I hope he will be here next week,” said Laudrup about the Barcelona links and his new signing Wilfried Bony.
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has hailed the Premier league season that finished by saying that it was one of the best in the history of the club. The club managed to finish ninth in the table, but more importantly, they managed to win their first ever trophy.
They managed to beat Bradford in the final of the competition to win the first silverware of the history. Despite suffering a 3-0 defeat against Fulham on the final day of the season, Laudrup has said that the players can be proud of themselves and their achievements.
Many people were sceptical when Laudrup was appointed as the replacement for Brendan Rodgers. However, he has not only managed to keep the club in the Premier league – during the difficult second season, but he has also managed to win a trophy as well. This has led to rumours linking him with the likes of Everton over the last few weeks, but the former Barcelona midfielder has said that he is happy at the Liberty stadium. In their debut season in the Premier league under Brendan Rodgers, the club finished 11th and the season just finished has been even more impressive.
As a result of the ninth place finish, the club will be claiming up to £ 9 million in prize money from the Premier league.
“I’m not in the mood in the day when I lose a game but I’m sure in a week’s time when I look back at this campaign it has been incredible. It has been way above – talking about the league – what anyone could expect, finishing in ninth position. I’ve only been here 10 or 11 months but everybody says it is the biggest season ever in the history of the club, so I have to believe that. We can still improve,” said Laudrup.
Swansea suffered the first defeat of the 2013 calendar year in the recent 1-0 defeat at the hands of West Ham, but the manager Michael Laudrup said after the match that he is not too concerned about this result.
The manager has seen Swansea go on an incredible run of form since the turn of the year. They have managed to secure a place in the League Cup final. They will be playing against lower league opposition Bradford city in this competition, which has made them the favourites to lift this major trophy after a long time. Andy Carroll scored the only goal of the game in the match against Swansea to send them to the first defeat of the calendar year.
Despite playing good football throughout the season, Swansea failed to make any clear-cut chances in this match. The West Ham goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen had a comfortable evening in the west goals. Laudrup has said that it is normal for the team to have an off day occasionally. He has praised the way the team has been performing over the last couple of months. He has said that the players did not do specific mistakes that led to the defeat. Due to the style of play adopted by West Ham, it was difficult for Swansea to get their own game going.
“I hate to lose games, but I can’t really say we did anything specifically wrong. We could have won 1-0 or it could have been 1-1. After they scored we came back, had a few chances to equalise, but we just have to accept it. We’re very difficult to beat. Nobody likes to lose. We’re not used to losing after the last seven weeks. They gave us more or less what we expected,” said the Swansea manager after the match.
The Swansea City attacker Danny Graham has been one of the inform players in the Premier league this season. His form has helped the club get into the top half of the table, while they are also in with a chance of making it into the final of the League Cup.
The 27-year-old recently scored a late goal against Arsenal in the third round of the FA Cup to take the match into a replay. Swansea were in danger of being knocked out from the competition due to Arsenal’s late goals, but Graham replied with a late goal of his own to save the blushes of the Swansea manager Michael Laudrup.
Laudrup then said after the match that he does not expect the 27-year-old to leave the club in January because he has not received any bids for the player. This came after speculation suggested that there are a number of clubs reportedly interested in securing his services. Michu might have over shown Graham so far this campaign, but the 27-year-old seems to remain integral to the plans of Laudrup. The players recently expressed his frustration at not being able to start matches on a regular basis. He made 39 appearances last season and scored 14 goals, but he has made just 15 appearances this season.
“He is playing well and is important for us because he is scoring goals, but let’s see what he says. We’ve not had any official bids. I am going to speak to all players who are not playing regularly but I do not want to comment once I have spoken to them. If I am talking to the players it does not mean I am telling them they can leave,” said the manager. Swansea are expected to strengthen the squad during the January transfer window.
The Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has said that he is extremely happy with the performance of his players after they managed a spectacular 3-1 win over West Brom.
West Brom were coming into the match as one of the inform teams in the Premier league after having recently beaten Sunderland 4-2 to go three points clear into the fourth position. At this rate, they will be able to play in the Champions League next season. As a result, beating such as good team was extremely satisfying for the former Barcelona midfielder Michael Laudrup.
More than the victory, Swansea were extremely good in this match. Their performance pleased the manager, who has asked for them to maintain the same during the rest of the season. There appeared to be a small patch during the early part of the campaign when things were going extremely wrong for the new manager, but Laudrup has been able to establish things in recent weeks. Swansea have risen up to the eighth position in the table after being undefeated in the last five matches. Laudrup praised the performance of the players especially in the first half. He, however, has to deal with the injury to the influential midfielder Pablo Hernandez.
“It was the best I have seen for several seasons. It is not often as a manager you can sit and enjoy your team playing. Always during a game there are moments when there are things to improve, but the first half was fantastic – all 11 players played one-two touch football and everything was so good. It is a small muscle injury and how much it is we have to see in the next two days,” said the Swansea manager. The result does not dent the position of West Brom, as they remain three points ahead of Tottenham.
The Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has come under criticism in the last few matches due to the inability of the team to get the results. Swansea was extremely praised in the opening few matches of the campaign for the style of football and also for the extraordinary results, which saw them score a lot of goals.
However, the last few weeks have certainly been tough for the former Barcelona midfielder, who is known for his passing style of football. As a result, it is not surprising to learn that the former Getafe manager has said that he will not be changing his style despite the lack of results.
After opening the season with two wins out of the two matches, it has been five matches without a victory for Swansea. Even more alarming is the fact that they have conceded a lot of goals in these matches. Swansea have conceded more than two goals in all of the last five matches and many pundits reckon that it will be tough for the team to carry on playing this way and stay in the Premier league. Swansea recently managed a stunning comeback in the match against Reading. Swansea managed a 2-2 draw with the newly promoted club.
“Given the way we play, it could be easier if we just played direct every time. When you lose games and the confidence is not the highest, it would probably be easier to just pump the ball up there to the two up front and see what happens. But it is not the way we play and we will continue playing as we do. We have to do it this way, otherwise we will struggle,” said Michael Laudrup after the Reading match. Swansea will be facing the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool, and Chelsea in the next three matches.