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Board Concerned With A Drop In Standards

The Swansea City board were expected to hold a meeting today with manager Paulo Sousa to discuss their concerns over a drop in standards this year.

Paulo Sousa started his Swansea City career slowly, as changes amongst the managerial and player staff didn't help his early progress. But after a few months, when the injury problems eased, our form improved which helped us compete in the top 6 for a number of months.

The big concerns though amongst the board is the way we ended our season, as we threw away a play-off spot that we should and could have guaranteed before the final game of the season.

There are mixed views amongst the fans of our manager. Some believe he's done a fantastic job to beat last season's finish, while others are more critical about his defensive tactics.

Vital Swansea had heard a few weeks ago that Paulo Sousa was disappointed to be rejected the funds to sign a loan striker from abroad to give us a boost ahead of the final 2 months of the season. Money that would have been paid back and more if we had finished in the play-offs. Sousa apparently questioned the board's ambition and willingness to spend money in order to help us reach our Premiership aims.

Despite helping us to achieve our highest League position since the early 1980's, it appears the board aren't completely optimistic about our manager.

What are your views on Sousa? Are you a fan? Do you want him to stay?

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Writer: KevinE Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday May 4 2010

Time: 6:04PM

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we'll i don't rate him, people have said he's made our defence better yet we lost more games this season than last.
cyjax
We relied almost totally on our defence this season. Sousa seemed to stifle players like Britton and Pratley, tactics are everything to this manager. On top of that he insisted on rotation. changing anything up to half a dozen players some games. Benitez did this with Liverpool and they suffered with consistency. We play too slowly from back to front and don't attack with 6 or 7 players like say West Brom do. A loan striker would not have helped, we need a new strategy, more dynamism and yes more shooting from around the area or outside. I'm with you cyjax, Sousa leaves me feeling we wasted some good players this season. I think he'll go anyhow,we won't miss him!!
Philto
If Sousa goes then we'll end up with a lesser manager,what manager worth his salt would want to come to a club where the chairman and board have a vice like grip on the purse strings,we never turned the Scotland /martinez money back into playing staff and if Britton/Pratley etc.go the same will apply, we now get 2M from Wigan as they've stayed up but thats another 2M you wont see kicking a ball.All Jenkins and co are concerned about is telling us what a wonderful job they've done as the club is in the black.Any club can be in the black if they sell star players and just bank the money without replacing.
pembroke jack2
Lesser manager in what way? Sousa is boring, full of tactical patterns, passing for the sake of it. Be honest, has anyone been excited by many games this season?
Philto
Lesser manager in the way that no decent manager would come to a club that refuses to buy players.
pembroke jack2
Well He bought Beatie for 800k--what a waste THAT was.
Philto
I think he's gotta come in for some credit. We all have short memories, 9 months ago we were all hoping to stay in the division, including the board! We lost Gomez and Scotland in the summer, over 40 goals between them, not easy to replace! with Bodde effectively out for the entire season aswell thats another 10 goals we've lost. I'm not gonna defend the entertainment value that our games possessed, or the dip in form, which is what hurt the most. But has Sousa really done a bad job this year? FAR FROM!
arkirkhouse
Some people have been ranting on about fickle supporters but some like me have been unhappy with Paulo Sousa all season. I don't like defensive managers, eventually they will be found out as has happened the last third of the season. Sousa has no plan B as was clearly shown during the last game against Blackpool. Next year is going to be much more difficult if he stays as teams now know how to play against us. If everyone wants to accept 7th place then keep with Sousa. But with the players we had this season we should have at least reached the playoffs. Sousa wasted a genuine oppotunity this year and for that I think he deserves to be slated. RANT OVER. See you next season!!
Philto
 

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