Date:Tuesday April 15 2008
Swansea City manager Huw Jenkins has warned the club will not overspend in the summer transfer window.
Swansea booked a place in the second tier of british football for the first time in 24 years after winning over a Gillingham side looking to avoid the drop to League Two. It marks the accumulation of a year of hard work by Roberto Martinez and his staff.
Roberto Martinez managed to spend a fraction of what Kenny Jackett spent on his squad aand achieved automatic promotion in his firsutt season.
The only real cost last Summer was Hull City striker Darryl Duffy, who cost £250,000 but he has failed to live up to expectations.
The star performers this season were all bought for next-to-nothing fees. Dutchmen Ferrie Bodde and Dorus De Vries joined on frees while Angel Rangel, Andrea Orlandi, Guillem Bauza and Jason Scotland all joined for small five-figure fees.
The Swans look set to repeat that style of buying this year, with the only 6-figure fee to be spent on Stockport County defender Ashley Williams, who is currently on loan with us until the end of the season.
The Welsh international is set to sign for £350,000, according to the Western Mail.
Huw Jenkins told the newspaper:
|''Many clubs have fallen foul of spending too much money and sometimes spending too much money on the wrong players.|
I think that's what makes or breaks a football club. I think there's a balanced view that there are sides who are achieving quite a lot - like Bristol City and a few of the other ones near the top - and haven't spent that much.
'Spending money on good players who can grow with the club and invest their futures in the club is a different thing.
'So many try to gamble on a quick-fix solution and we all know that in football, like in business, it takes time."
'I think there needs to be a balance, the number one priority is to have a good manager, have a stable club and get the motivation right.
Our target is quite clear.Yes, we want to get into the Premier League but we're realistic and it's going to take a good few years of hard work.
'We've spent a few years to get to this point now and we're quite clear that it's going to take us a few more years yet to move on again.
'That's what we'll try to do over the next few seasons. Make sure we keep building and getting our team to the required standard and get the whole club going in that direction.
Date:Tuesday April 15 2008
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