Date:Friday June 19 2009
The Fan Interviews are back as we ask our readers questions on the latest topics on the Swans. The main one is the current manager situation at the club. Your views on Martinez's departure plus who you want as his replacement.
What's your name and how long have you been a fan?
James Davies I'm 23 and have been a fan of the swans and no other all my life
First things first, Roberto Martinez's decision to leave and join Wigan. What are your thoughts on this? The vast majority have lost respect for the man we thought loved this club, have you? Or do you wish him all the best at the JJB Stadium?
I have lost all respect for him as he led us astray, and no I don't wish him all the best. I'm not even going to lie like he does.
Do you think Martinez will be successful in the Premiership with Wigan like he has been with the Swans?
He will probably make a success of it and move on again.
Who would you like to see (realistically) replace Martinez as our new manager? Would you be happy if we appointed someone who lacks experience such as Gary Speed or would you prefer a more experienced boss?
I would be happy to see Gary Speed come in if we had kept Graeme Jones but Poyet looks the obvious choice to me now.
Not only have the Swans lost Roberto Martinez, but the rest of the managerial staff. How much of a loss do you think this will be for us? Or do you think it was inevitable and the new manager would prefer his own staff anyway?
I hoped it wouldn't happen but I guess it's inevitable these days as all successful managers seem to take staff with them.
Referring back to last season in the Championship, who in your opinion were our best and star performers for the year?
I suppose I'd say Rangel and Gomez but the whole squad played well together.
Martinez is now likely to target a few of our players to take with him to Wigan. What are our most important assets of the squad, would you be happy if we sold some our best players at a fair price, or should we hang onto them regardless of the millions we might get offered?
Every player has their price and as long as we have a good scout we can make money and replace them.
Has your confidence about next season dropped since Martinez left? Or are still upbeat that we can have a good year under a new manager? What are your expectations for next season?
I think as long as we dont lose too many players there's nothing to stop us having a good season.
You could hardly fault Martinez during his time here as manager but what changes would you like the new manager to impose? What weaknesses in the team should he look to improve on?
I think we have to look at a good center back to keep the back four in check as we left to many sloppy goals in last year.
What matches are you mostly looking forward to next season?
Cardiff and Newcastle I'm looking forward to most.
How many further signings do you think we need to make to prepare the squad for next season?
I don't think the squad is in too bad a shape apart from the lack of goalkeepers which isn't a big problem in my opinion as there are a lot of good keepers wanting to prove themselves with the bigger clubs which we could loan and I'd say a center back.
Lastly, where will we finish next year?
I'm going to be optimistic assuming our new manager can inspire our players and say in the top four.
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Date:Friday June 19 2009
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