Is Swansea Chairman Having A Dig At Alan Pardew?

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.

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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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20 comments so far

  • rainrix

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #1

    Wait is he actually called “Huw” or is that just an ed typo and he’s actually called Hugh? Huw’s how i imagine a 5 year old would spell hugh 🙂

  • saxonfenken

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #2

    Good luck to them, I hope they do well in it and enjoy the long trips and games again on Sunday.
    I Hope he has deep pockets for new players

  • Dannyo

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #3

    Huw does not have a CLUE.
    He’ll get the feel of how it is next season though, and maybe he won’t be so adamant about it.

  • sirtoongospel

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #4

    Comments from a man who had no experience in competing in the competition. Lets see what he thinks next season when Williams, Michu and possibly Laudrup have flown the nest.

    Parades has the feedback from the players to know exactly how demanding the competition is.

  • rainrix

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #5

    Maybe he’ll see that them managers actually have a point when swanseas squad gets crippled with injuries.

    Also ed must we resort to calling other clubs small? Makes us no better than fergie. Such insults should be reserved for the unwashed 🙂

  • Dannyo

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #6

    Liste, we’re all greatful for entering Europe and being able to have European nights at St. James’ Park again, no doubt.
    But it’s absolutely demolished our squad this season. Have a look at the likes of Everton, Stoke or Fulham in former seasons, and you know what’s it about.

    The competition set up needs a change, but Huw will feel that next season, and won’t be so cocky about it then.

  • ajcrawfs

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #7

    I don’t think this is aimed at Pardew, but your Man city, Chelsea types who think they are too good for the competition, after getting moved down from the Champions League

  • G

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #8

    Is it too early to put a score down in the bookies for Swansea relegation next year?

  • toon smart

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #9

    “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.”

    I think with that comment Mr Jenkins cannot complain about anything Europa league related next year without being called a hypocrite or an idiot.

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #10

    I’m sure Everton and Stoke bith complained about it too – although in fairness Pardew whinged too much, given that he was using his second team almost all the time.

  • Barras

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #11

    He is correct in my opinion. Although, his comments should be fired at players more than managers.

    Just look at the NBA, the games are more intense, they require a higher amount of stamina and commitment, as the games are more explosive because the possession flies back and forth, back and forth. Yet most teams and players play 3-4 times a week, and they often play two nights in a row, yet the majority of the players manage to stay fit.

  • Magpie Myles

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #12

    Who doesn’t have a go at Pardew these days.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #13

    He has a point, in a way.

    It should be enjoyed as you play some really big teams and it is very nice for the fans.

    However without a squad of 20 players who are all good enough to play (few teams have this) then it’s a struggle.

    Not just tiredness from extra games, but less prep time for games.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #14


    Difference is all teams do that in the NBA…if only half did then there would be an advantage to those who played 1-2 times compared to 3-4….if its even its ok…its the fact europa league influences some sides and not others.

  • toonincheek

    Feb 28, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #15

    rainrix –

    That’s the Welsh spelling.
    And . . . . he is Welsh.

  • GeordieDan

    Feb 28, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #16


    Aye but in the NBA they constantly bring players on and off the court for a rest. They dont play the full game and they only run a few feet at a time.

    (Plus they’re Eleventy foot tall so its only a couple of steps anyway 🙂 )

  • Sav

    Feb 28, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #17

    He should have Swansea playing in it before he pronounces about it. So far they’ve just qualified for it next year.
    That said, clubs like us should show real ambition to win trophies and too often seem to see clubs being run by accountants.

  • karasu

    Feb 28, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #18

    Europa is a good competition. Clubs are indeed underrating this competition. Winning it is a great achievement and brings prestige to said winning club. But it really need more funding for prizes and stuff. Their match quality is already not far from the Champions League with fixtures like United vs Ajax, Pool vs Zenit and Marseille vs Benfica in recent past. It’s only fair to increase the prize money to match the prestige of the fixtures and make it more desirable for clubs to compete for it.

  • toonaids

    Feb 28, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #19

    huw man leave im alen!

  • camas

    Mar 1, 2013 at 4:41 AM

    Comment #20

    @ barras. Im not sure where you are coming from, how you can even begin to compare NBA with playing football in Europe?
    Different game, its a sport I suppose (or nearly, most ) and thats it! Watched many, many games it just sucks!


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