Date:Tuesday June 23 2009
New manager Paulo Sousa says a lack of money won't be an issue for him at Swansea City.
The 38 year-old says a lack of transfer funds won't bother him during the Summer, despite the fact that he could lose some star players such as Ferrie Bodde and Jason Scotland.
Swansea City have received around £2m in compensation for Roberto Martinez and the backroom staff, and if we did lose Bodde and Scotland, we'd likely pocket another few million on top of that.
But Huw Jenkins and Paulo Sousa are not thinking about selling players, and they'll do their best to keep hold of them. If we did though, Sousa says players would be brought in to replace them.
Roberto Martinez didn't have millions to build a squad, and won the League One title and finished 8th in the Championship by spending a fraction of the money some of our competitors spent on signing players.
The Spaniard had an excellent scouting network and contacts across Europe to help him find some excellent bargains.
Paulo Sousa also has the benefit of that as well, and he'll be aided by the help of his assistant Bruno Oliveira, along with a Spaniard and Australian who will join the managerial team this week.
Sousa told BBC Sport:
'The lack of money is not an issue. You don't buy success. The money will help to build philosophies, identities, ideas and vision.
'I think this it is going to be a difficult season. You have 10 teams looking for promotion and I want to be one of those 10 teams.'
The new Swansea boss, who has signed a 3-year contract, also revealed that he had spoken to former manager Roberto Martinez at Loftus Road last season, when his QPR side beat us 1-0.
The Spaniard had spoken highly about the club and the support that the board offer the staff, something that was glaringly missing when Sousa was at QPR.
'I talked to Roberto after the game against Swansea in London and he told me from the beginning that the chairman Huw Jenkins gave him a lot of support,'
'He said the club and the people worked a lot to give him support to get success. One of the important things for a manager is the support.
'After I met Huw Jenkins last week to talk about the club - the past, the present and the future - straight away I felt involved 100%'
Welcome to Swansea City, Paulo Sousa!
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