Final Fan Interview: couchpotatoe
I suppose in one way it is a success considering we won the FLT and FAW Cup once again but we were just one more game away from playing the likes of Leeds, Sunderland & W.B.A so when you think of it like that then it brings us right back down to earth with a bump. Overall though it was definately a great season excluding that last match.
2. Some fans have criticised Jackett throughout the season (mostly post Christmas time). Can you understand some fans frustration or is criticism harsh and undeserved?
I can understand when fans start playing the blame game a lot because the Swans have a good and passionate following so you can see why people get angry when we do bad and its usually the manager who is targeted.
During that Christmas time he was getting a bit of abuse that was over the top from fans especially when I hear calls for Kenny to be sacked especially when we lie in the play-off zone. It did seem at times that Kenny wasnt tactially correct but I still rate him as a great manager.3. We showed at the start of the season that we had a squad good enough to go up automatically but we ended up finishing 6th, what areas of the squad do you think needs to be strengthened in order to gain automatic promotion next season?
First thing that pops in my head here is defence and partically in the central areas.
Tate was our player of the year and rightly deserved it for his contribution on that right side of defence and hopefully Ricketts will perform all of next season like he did in the Play-Off Final in Cardiff. One other position I think we need to look at is some option on the Left Wing. We need a good 1st team regular there.
4. On the flip side then, who do you think we should release this summer and why?
I cant really think of many players we need to release but if we want more players then sacrifices are needed to take place. We are already 3 players down and if we are looking to strengthen the defence then I wouldn't be surprised if players such as Austin and Iriekpen are left behind.5. What have been your best moments of the 2005/06 season?
FLT Final is up there with the best as it was our first 'real' (no offence to the FAW) piece of silverware we have had for a few seasons but other than that I loved the Forest away game in mid-season.
We took a great crowd as usual and our performance was superb with a deserved 2-1 win. There are many more I could mention but those would be my top 2.
6. Some fans have said that we'd be better prepared going into the Championship the season after next as to going up this year? What are your views on this?
We would be in one way with a more stable side. Going up straight away might have seen us crash and burn straight away making quick signings to immediately strengthen the squad so we are better prepared that way.
Promotion this season I think will be harder though. We do have a stronger squad but we are expected to walk it this upcoming season and that will put a hell of a lot more pressure on the side.7. Who in your opinion was Kenny Jackett's best and most important signing of the season?
For a bargain price and goals when we needed them I'd say Leon Knight. The man fell out with his manager at Brighton and Kenny realised a good player and a much cheaper price should be and turned out to be a good move.
Along with Knight I have learned to love Owain Tudor-Jones. Seeing a young player like him make his way into the 1st team as an unexperienced player was a great start and I always love to see Welsh players do great stuff for us.
8. What do you think was the reason for our decline and significant drop in form at the turn of the year? Did Jackett's January signing's affect our rhythym and consistency of our starting team and style or was it something else?
Yes I do agree. Usually when several new players make their way into the starting XI then the other players usually need to learn a lot about their play and for the new boys it takes time to settle in and I think this did affect us at first.9. It was quite a surprise to see doing well right from the start, what was your prediction for this season and di you believe we'd maintain our form to go up or did you think we'd begin to drop down the table slightly like we did?
My prediction was for a mid-table finish and I would have been very happy with that at the start of the season so I was very surprised and happy with the start we made this season.
There again I wasn't surprised we slowly started to slip up considering we were a newly promoted team but the worst thing about this was in January when we were splashing a lot of money out on players but just seeing no affect for quite a while.
10. Who did you vote as your player of the season and why?
Leon Britton would have been the man for me as he has been so consistant to a high quality pretty much every single game and I was quite dissapointed that he weren't included in the final 4 shortlisted players.
Out of those 4 my pick was Andy Robinson. He has been so great for us being involved in creative plays that win us games and his determination at times was fantastic. The amount of goals he has scored in the league this season were so good strikers would brag about it so for a midfielder he can pat himself on the back there.11. I have mixed feelings about next season, I think we can bounce back and gain automatic promotion but another side of me believes we won't even manage to get into the play-offs, what are your views on this?
My Heart says Champions but my head says struggle. I know a lot of people say building on the squad is a must for the Swans but I think getting too many players will upset the balance a lot.
We only need to get the players for those positions we struggled in this season so do that and everythng should turn out great. Automatic Promotion please!