Swansea City fans were stunned, surprised and elated this week when the club announced they had appointed Eric Cantona the former Manchester United legend as the club´s new manager. The legend was greeted by excited fans and board members at the Liberty Stadium, and the media were also surprised as Cantona has no real managerial experience and certainly not at the top level. The new manager was all smiles and seemed pleased to have have his first management role, he spoke briefly:- " I am pleased to be give a chance here at Swansea, and will do my best to bring success to the club. I learnt much from Sir Alex Ferguson and hope to apply that in my career."
The new manager has set about sorting the team, we understand he has drawn up a shortlist of players and spoken with the Chairman Huw Jenkins and been given the green light to sign players with a £76 million budget. The club have announced plans and started work on developing facilities at the Liberty Stadium, so the club can attract top players and develop youngsters from across Europe. Many will be eagerly awaiting to see what effect Cantona has on the club.
New manager "Cantona" has had a positive effect already at Swansea with his training methods, the players are reaping the rewards with a more relaxed atmosphere and a good 4-1 win over Everton with Fernando Llorente scoring all 4 goals in a masterclass performance. Now the Swans are looking to build on this with victory over Manchester United tonight at the Liberty Stadium, manager "Cantona" will be looking to get one over his old club where he revered as a legend by everyone associated with Manchester United. But tonight he will be totally focused on leading his new Swansea team to claim the points, several changes are made in the starting line-up:-
Swansea boss "Cantona" has demanded more from his players after Monday nights humiliating 5-1 defeat to Liverpool, the players were kept locked in the dressing room for an hour after the match with heated exchanges going on between players and manager at the result. Swansea were battling in relegation places when the gaffer took over then climbed their way into top four and challenging at the top and since then things have not been good with 3 defeats in their last 6 matches sliding the club down the league table. Some of players have lost faith the manager, and a real battle on at the club to get back to winning ways and move up the table, can the gaffer regain control of the dressing room. Llorente has criticised the manager for playing a lone striker and giving him no support in attack, the player has also hinted he may leave the club, several midfielders led by Wayne Routledge has also complained about formation and tactics.
The manager has a real battle on his hands to restore confidence, and support from his players, the fans seem still behind the manager and they are only 2 more points away from European places. Defeat tonight against Arsenal could be disastrous for the gaffer with current situation at the club, a win could calm things down and lift the club into the top four at Arsenal´s expense.
Swansea City fans were celebrating on Monday night after a good defensive performance saw the team beat league title challengers Leicester City 3-1 at the Kingpower Stadium to secure their top flight status. Many expected the Swans to be involved in the relegation fight but a good first half of the season and recent wins have secured their status and the club can build for next season. The team shut down Leicester on Monday night despite the Foxes having 60% possession, and goals from Llorente, an own goal and Alonso got the job done. Parolo had a good match in the midfield with his passing and assist, Llorente was busy in attack as always for a player of his quality and the fans were singing and chanting like they had won the league.
The manager "Cantona" was also seen celebrating with his players and coaching staff, the club will be looking now for his replacement as the manager has already notified the club he will be leaving once they were safe in the league. Many now speculate that he could leave the club this weekend, where will he go next, no one knows? But the Swans will now start work building for next season and making more progress in the league and with the Academy.
Swansea City have returned from a break and back on the training ground ahead of pre season friendlies, and the hardwork begins to improve on last season. Several players will be leaving the club and have not been given contracts with the following players set to leave the Liberty Stadium:-
K Nordfeldt K Naughton M Olsson Ashley Young L Narsingh T Carroll
A big surprise to everyone is departure of Ashley Young who joined the club midway through the season, and played well for the Swans but manager "Cantona" has deemed him not in the plans going forward. Fan will be happy that Golden Boot winner Fernando Llorente signed a contract although 6 clubs are currently chasing his signature and the Swans could still yet struggle to keep him.
The club have signed Jardel and A N Diaye from Liverpool and still in the market for several players as they get organised and ready for Pre Season friendlies and the new season.
Swansea boss "Cantona" continued this week with his building plans, after signing A N Diaye and Jardel from Liverpool the gaffer continued spending by bringing in Arsenal midfield duo Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey. Both midfielders bring a wealth of experience from Arsenal and both play for their countries and should add some extra bite in to the Swans midfield and competition for places. Striker Danny Welbeck also signed from Arsenal and will battle with Goal Boot winner Fernando Llorente and fans were amazed this week when Wayne Rooney arrived at the Liberty Stadium in a £50 million deal from Everton. The Swans now possess a very potent strikeforce with Llorente, Rooney and Welbeck.
The club are currently chasing Goalkeeper Matthew Ryan, Brazilian defender Wendell and Dutch striker KJ Huntelaar and locked in a battle with several clubs to sign these players. Meanwhile, the club still have 6 players out of contract and are looking to offload these over the next few days and get the main squad ready for Pre Season friendlies.
The new season now underway and Swansea City are flying at the top of the Skybet League One table with 2 wins from their opening matches, after the 3-0 win over West Ham with goals from Sigurdsson, Rooney and Welbeck. Fans are delighted with the team performances, as too is manager "Cantona" and the players with plans going well at the club, the objective is to qualify for European football this season. Signing Wayne Rooney has been a stroke of genius with Rooney scoring 3 goals in 3 games including pre season, he has also weighed in with 6 key passes, Danny Welbeck coming off the bench also has 3 goals in 3 games with Dutch striker Huntelaar settling in well but last seasons Golden Boot winner Fernando Llorent not really into his goalscoring as yet. The Swans boss has built a large talented squad and this is showing on the pitch with their passing football, the midfield looks very strong and lots of competition for places and defense is getting stronger.
Fans will be hoping the team can continue their good run going into Friday nights match with newly promoted Portsmouth, Llorente will be rested in attack so Welbeck is likely to start. Sigurdsson will be dropped from midfield and many choices to replace him, John Terry and Marco Alonso will be rested at the back and replaced by Jardel and Wendell.
darlingtondave: If you want a team for season three please do join us now at the new forum at www.motd.forumotion.com Loads of good teams available for managers including Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal etc.
Mar 6, 2018 14:12:52 GMT
Neil: Finances are now mostly updated (I forgot the facilities revenues and expenses until 3/4 the way though uploading the files). The facilities impact on gate receipts is included. Transfers are included under other for the moment.
Mar 3, 2018 12:20:17 GMT
Neil: There was something on and off, I think it was something Mike had to check manually each week and it was not of great importance when I started running games.
Feb 13, 2018 21:42:48 GMT
harry51: Can't find it in the rules anymore. Or am I confusing motd with another esms game?
Feb 13, 2018 19:01:05 GMT
darlingtondave: Did we Harry? Thre is something in back of my mind you may be right but then a lot of things had to fall by wayside to keep site going in the interim when it got left with Neil.
Feb 12, 2018 16:24:01 GMT
harry51: didn't we have a rule of lining up a U21 in our games?
Feb 12, 2018 14:49:59 GMT
Neil: Dave, I accidentally gave one of your players an extra week's injury recovery after the Cup final. A it hasn't changed anything I haven't bothered to try and fix it.
Feb 12, 2018 11:45:09 GMT
Neil: League Cup result is now up. Congratulations to the winners.
Feb 12, 2018 11:43:31 GMT
Neil: FA Cup final is up. I will run the League Cup final when I have both teamsheets.
Feb 10, 2018 12:08:49 GMT
darlingtondave: yes got the PM and so did Harry as he has replied to it.
Feb 8, 2018 9:39:52 GMT
Neil: Threads are up for the two Cup finals. Basically will run the first as soon as I can after the SOT teamsheet is in, the second once that is over and both managers get their sheets in. Good Luck to all the managers involved.
Feb 8, 2018 2:51:15 GMT
Neil: Dave, Harry, I hope you both got a PM I just sent. I forgot to mention in it my internet quality has deteriorated since being forced onto the NBN!
Feb 5, 2018 12:35:41 GMT
Neil: League Cup results are now posted. Two good games, one in particular quite suspenseful.
Feb 4, 2018 12:02:59 GMT
Neil: One sheet in, still need another!
Feb 2, 2018 11:30:31 GMT
Neil: As I don't have any sheets yet I will delay teh cup round 24 hours. Neil
Feb 1, 2018 12:42:27 GMT
darlingtondave: sorry had a family emergency yesterday. will run final league 2 games as soon as I can, likely be tomorrow morning.
Jan 29, 2018 14:08:35 GMT
Neil: FA Cup semi finals: games are now up. Congratulations to the winners.
Jan 26, 2018 11:07:09 GMT
Neil: Apologies all, Cup games delayed 24 hours.
Jan 25, 2018 12:43:52 GMT
Neil: FA Cup semis this coming Thursday (25th). League Cup semis the following Thursday (1st Feb).
Jan 21, 2018 11:18:14 GMT
darlingtondave: Right as not all sheets in will put round 22 back until next Sunday due to the Xmas period which should give all plenty of time to sheet.
Dec 24, 2017 20:01:10 GMT