Date:Tuesday July 18 2006
Kenny Jackett has today signed a new 2-year contract, keeping him at the club until 2009.
Chairman Huw Jenkins was delighted with the news and said: ''I am absolutely delighted to secure Kenny on a new deal,''
'I firmly believe we have the right man at the helm to keep taking this football club forward.
'Discussions with Kenny over his new contract were a pleasure to carry out. Everything was agreed in less than an hour.
'What was blatantly obvious was the fact that he is 100 per cent committed to this football club and what we want to achieve. That is the main ingredient as far as I'm concerned.
'Kenny wants to be the one driving Swansea City forward and we have every faith in his ability.
'I know he is pleased to secure a new deal and is relishing the challenge of building on what we achieved last season.
'I'm sure last season's experience of life in League One has only made him even stronger and more knowledgeable.
'To secure someone of Kenny's ability, quality and respect throughout the game on a long-term deal is fantastic.
'We have a good working relationship built on mutual respect and I am sure with Kenny in charge the club will only go from strength to strength,''
A club statement read: 'The Board feels that Kenny has the passion, knowledge and experience to improve the club, he also has the level of expertise and enthusiasm to take the club forward.
His will to win and ambition is extensive and he has stated he will leave no stone unturned in his aim to get the players fit, organised and as motivated as possible.'
Despite winning promotion to League One in his first full season at the club, winning 2 cups (FAW Premier Cup & Football League Trophy) and taking us to the Play-Off final, some fans are still highly critical of our manager. These hard to please fans won't welcome the news but I think we need to inject some consistency within the club, and this means keeping a good manager in place for more than a few years.
He's quickly shown the ability to build a side that's capable of gaining success. Just remember he exceeded all expectations last season but taking us to the players, while many of us were happy for a healthy position around mid-table.
I can't say I understand why some fans think we should get rid of him, he's finally got us out of the dreaded bottom tier of the Football League and wasn't far away from doing something that hasn't occured in around 20 years, promotion to the Championship.
Of course he has his faults, but what manager doesn't? His early success overshadows this and hopefully he can continue bringing this success to the club by winning another promotion.
Date:Tuesday July 18 2006
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