Date:Wednesday April 16 2008
Swansea City manager Roberto Martinez is already planning ahead for next seasons Championship campaign and has declared his main aim is to consolidate the clubs position in the second tier of British football.
The Spaniard will be hoping to avoid an immediate drop as Lincolnshire club Scunthorpe United have found at their cost. After securing promotion as champions of league one in the 2006/07 season Nigel Adkins`s side have not adapted well to the Championship and have been relegated this season with only one season in the second tier of the league pyramid, Martinez will be out to make sure Swansea do not suffer the same fate.
With his ultimate aim to take Swansea into the Premier leauge the former Chester City player has issued a warning against any lofty ambition by warding off any talk that he will gamble and make another promotion assault.
Due to the fiercely competitive nature of the Championship strengthening of the squad is high up on Martinez's agenda. Giving his first hints into the make up of squad next season as fringe players will have to seek fresh challenges in their careers.
Martinez told the SWEP:
|'Our main aim now is to try to establish ourselves at Championship level. We need to be solid with our steps forward and we shouldn't gamble to get as high as we can as quickly as we can. Doing that is a recipe for failure in the long term. "|
We have got to make sure we are ready for next season and we'll work hard to compete with the huge clubs we'll come up against. But we'll take it step by step. Look at the gap between League One and the Championship and you can see our aim should be to stay in the division. "
Sometimes you get clubs who go up and enjoy a honeymoon period. They do really well for a season and then in the second year they suffer. Our aim is to avoid doing that and that's why we plan to establish ourselves as a Championship football club in every department.
We will try to be competitive enough to get enough points on the pitch to consolidate our position and then we will take it from there. If we try to achieve our dream too quickly, we'll end up failing in the future."
In any season certain players don`t play much football and they need to move on to a new challenge.
We will then bring in others who will provide a lot of competition for those who have played this year. In football that?s a natural transition.
Date:Wednesday April 16 2008
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