Date:Wednesday October 18 2006
Huw Jenkins has today backed Kenny Jackett's decision to transfer list top scorer Leon Knight.
He said: ''It was probably a mistake to sign him in the first place.
'I can understand that perhaps this doesn't look great from the outside,' Jenkins said.
'But it all goes back to a decision we made last season to bring in four front-line strikers who all want to play every week.
'Once we had done that, it was always going to be difficult to keep everybody happy. In hindsight perhaps we wish we hadn't done it.'
He went on: 'Bayo Akinfenwa said recently that he wasn't happy about being on the bench and, in a funny way, the fact that Lee Trundle has been injured has helped.
'But with all four of them fit and available, there is a problem. Every player wants to play, and that's even more the case when you're talking about quality strikers.
'Rory Fallon had scored 14 for his last club before he came here, Bayo got 16 in his last year at Torquay, Leon Knight's record speaks for itself but for his last days at Brighton and we all know what Lee can do.
'Kenny has made his decision and, while it may seem strange to some, it's about having a happy camp. The fact is that with four top strikers you can't have that.'
'The pressure was always there to play two and have another two on the bench,' he added.
'Now Kenny has made his decision in an attempt to make sure his squad is right, just like every manager in the league does.
'It's not about disagreements or arguments, it's about trying to get a squad who are happy together and maybe we have been overbalanced since January.'
The club has also revealed that they have not received any enquiries about Knight since being placed on the transfer list.
Jenkins added: 'No doubt Leon's agent will have clubs in mind who will be more than happy to take him because there's no doubt his goalscoring record and contribution since he's been with us have been very, very good.
'We will see what interest comes and do everything we can to get our money back on Leon.'
Jenkins also commented on a possible replacement: 'Perhaps we'll go for a young striker or an older striker who would be happy to act as cover.'
Jackett has ruled out any chance of Leon Knight playing again while he searches for a new club. The Swans boss said: 'It's over between me and him,'
Date:Wednesday October 18 2006
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