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Manager's Job Is Wide Open

Chairman Huw Jenkins has insisted that it's not a 2-horse race between Saunders and Martinez for the new manager's job.

Jenkins has revealed both former players have shown an interest but there are many more applications to go through.

He said: 'We have had interest in the job from both Roberto Martinez and Dean Saunders,'

'But is this a two-horse race? Well let's just say you don't see many two-horse races. They're in the running, but so are a lot of other people.

'It's difficult to say exactly how many applications there have been because we've had so many. There have been phone calls, agents getting in touch and people passing on certain people's numbers.

'What we will do is sit down today, take a look at everything that's come in and start going through the various applications.

'Some people will not be interested in living in the Swansea area, some will have greater demands than others, so we will start eliminating people straightaway.

'That's the easy part. Then we'll be left with a few people who really want the opportunity to manage Swansea City and we'll start talking to a few of them this week.'

Joe Royle has announced himself out of contention as he is not ready to make a return to management.

Jenkins also added that it's open to both inexperienced and experienced managers. 'Everybody will have opinions, Some will say we should go for experience, others will want someone young and enthusiastic.

'Our view is that it could be anyone - we'll just weigh up who is the best man for the job.

'We've had some high-calibre applicants already, which shows how much this club has moved on. There's no comparison between the people getting in touch now and those we had three years ago.

'It's a big decision we're going to have to take and we've got to get it right, so there's no rush. Because of the position we're in, we cannot afford too much upheaval.'

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Date:Monday February 19 2007

Time: 12:41PM

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It was announced that Kevin Nugent was to be in charge of the Doncaster and Scunthorpe games. With the care needed and careful scrutiny of the applicants, he (Nugent) will have several more games in charge. The Board must not rush through an appointment.
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19/02/2007 18:57:00

if big kev could get good results in the next few games he is incharge for wats to say he wont have the job hes been here long enough bu i cant see him haveing it tho.... bu aslong as we get the results we need i think we will all be happy about that
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19/02/2007 22:49:00

I hear from Jackman2006 that Saunders has all the available coaching badges required to manage at Premiership level, he also has 5 years expirience as an assistant to Greame Souness, if he can bring a bit of the Souness "i dont take any S**t" with him that would be great, might even be enough to tame Swansea's Party Boys.
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21/02/2007 16:53:00


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