We´ve been very impressed with the way Chairman Huw Jenkins has run Swansea since they were promoted to the Premier League for the first time four years ago.
They have employed some very good managers – Garry Monk being the latest one – and they finished above Newcastle last season – as did a lot of PL clubs of course – and they easily beat us 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium this season.
Garry Monk – current manager at Swansea
In fact in the nine games we have played against them since their promotion – they have won six of them, and we won one when Papiss Cisse scored a brace in the 2-0 win at the Liberty Stadium in 2012.
The other two finished as draws.
It´s interesting that manager Garry Monk in the lead-up to their home game against Everton tomorrow mentions they want to again finish above Newcastle this season, after being surprisingly beaten 1-0 at Watford last Saturday.
This is some of what Monk has said:
“We see ourselves competing with teams like Everton, Stoke, West Ham and Newcastle, as it was last season.” “Last season we managed to come out on top of that group.”
“This year it will be just as hard to achieve that, but we are competing with them on the pitch and we will see what happens this weekend.”
Swansea finished 8th last season to our 15th, and two years ago they also finished above Newcastle in 9th position compared to our 16th place.
Swansea sign good players but they are more willing to pay out big money, and they have beaten us to Wilfried Bony, Bafe Gomis and Andre Ayew, all of whom have been successful at the south Wales club.
Maybe one thing we can learn from the summer is that you have to pay more than you want sometimes to get good players, who are proven Premier League players.
If Newcastle had signed Charlie Austin in the summer, we surely would have scored more than the two goals we have in our first five league games.
Swansea is a fairly new club to the Premier League, but along with Southampton, they are an extremely well-run club, and their team seems to be getting better almost every season.
These deserve huge credit for that and it shows you can compete with the bigger clubs in the league.
We still have hopes that Newcastle can have a good season although we haven’t made a good start.