Date:Sunday June 21 2009
QPR player-coach Gareth Ainsworth is predicting big things for Swansea City under new boss Paulo Sousa.
Having worked alongside him at Loftus Road last season, Ainsworth couldn't praise the former Portugese international enough and believes Swansea fans are in for a treat next season.
He won only 7 out of 26 games in charge in a 4-month spell with the London club and while some fans have their doubts because of this, Ainsworth says you can't rate him based on this - he told Wales on Sunday:
"No stone is left unturned with Paulo and it`s bad news for everyone else in the league,"
"It means Swansea will be just as good as last year, if not better.
"I always thought Paulo would be a big success in British football. It looks like Swansea will be the ones to benefit from it.
"You certainly can`t judge him on what happened at QPR. You can`t judge anyone on four months work.
"It`s the worst situation for any manager to be in and you need at least a season to get your ideas across.
"It takes time to get everyone singing from your sheet and Paulo never got that with us.
"I`m sure that won`t be the case at Swansea and he could make them serious challengers."
Paulo Sousa was a highly successful player and was part of Portugese 'Golden Generation' side, playing with the likes of Rui Costa and Luis Figo.
He's the only player in history to win the Champions League back-to-back, winning it with Juventus and Borussia Dortmund respectively.
He was a quality defensive midfielder in his time and the likes of Ferrie Bodde, Leon Britton, Darren Pratley and Joe Allen could benefit a lot by working with him next season.
Some of them have been linked with moves to Premiership clubs but a name like Sousa could persuade them to stay and learn from someone who played with some of the sides in Europe.
"I know there is talk about some of their big names leaving," he said.
"But, if they stay, the players are in for an absolute treat with Paulo.
"Roberto Martinez has introduced them to the continental flavour and Paulo is definitely the man to keep it going. He knows how football should be played and, with the players they have, he will deliver.
"Paulo is a phenomenal manager to work for. Some of the ideas he brings in are just fantastic and the way he transformed some players was amazing.
"Every player improved under Paulo and I learnt more from him in four months than I did in years with other managers.
"He sees things other managers don`t and he knows how to get the best out of individuals.
"It`s just a shame we didn`t get to work with him for longer because he is a really nice, genuine guy and a pleasure to work with.
"Without a doubt it`s a great move for Swansea and they are very lucky to have him."
"I can`t tell you too much about his style because Paulo always likes to keep things close to his chest.
"It would be unfair for me to reveal his secrets.
"But what I can say is that his techniques added to people`s games. When you work with a legend like that, you can`t help but be inspired.
"You don`t win two Champions League medals for nothing. Paulo has got the lot."
Date:Sunday June 21 2009
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