Swansea City Chairman Huw Jenkins does tend to be a little outspoken at times, and with his small club now in the Europa League for next season, he has hit out at those who have criticized the Europa League and the schedule of the games.
Huw Jenkins – Swansea City Chairman
This is what the Swansea Chairman said in the Daily Star today:
“There are a lot of managers within the Premier League that talk a load of rubbish about the Europa League at times and it’s sad that a lot of people listen to them.”
“It’s my view they should be pleased and privileged to be in the position they’re in and should enjoy every second of being a manager and a professional footballer. That’s how simple it should be.”
Newcastle found it very difficult this season competing in the Europa League, especially when we started to pick up a lot of injuries to key players, and it was a combination of injuries and the extra European games stressing out a small squad – that have decimated our season.
But after bringing in the five new French players last month, the squad has been significantly strengthened and now we are starting to win games in the league again – and we are in the last 16 of the Europa League.
Maybe Huw Jenkins is getting a little dig in there at Alan Pardew, who has said it’s been difficult with the scheduling of the European games, and there’s not much money to be made in the Europa League, with it being only around 15% of what clubs make in the Champions League.
It will be interesting to see how Swansea strengthen the squad in both quantity and quality before next season, and that’s something that Newcastle didn’t do last summer, and we paid heavily for that mistake.
It will also be interesting to see if if Jenkins changes his mind about the Europa League, once his club have actually competed in it next season, after winning the League Cup on Sunday, when they beat Bradford 5-0 at Wembley.
But Swansea have surprised us over the last couple of seasons, and we thought they were almost certain to be relegated last season, but they have done very well indeed – and that’s an understatement.
And they will be a hard side to beat on Saturday, when Newcastle visit the Liberty Stadium.
Swansea will compete in the Europa League competition for the first time after winning the Capital One (League) Cup, and with Cardiff City currently top of the Championship we could have two Welsh clubs in the Premier League next season.
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