Date: 9th May 2018 at 10:00pm
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Huddersfield have demonstrated in their last 2 games just what was required to stay in the Premier League. Fighting spirit, effort and desire and that ability to score goals now and then. Things that we’ve struggled for in the last couple of months at least.

We lost 5-0 at Manchester City after looking like we settled for defeat before kick-off at the Etihad Stadium, yet Huddersfield went there on the weekend and got a 0-0 draw and a point. They didn’t give in, they didn’t go there with a defeatist attitude, they actually went there with the self-belief that they were good enough to get a point at the Champions, a side who have absolutely dominated all season, and going for 100 points in a  single Premier League season.

Then, the Terriers went away to Chelsea tonight, a side that beat us 1-0 on our own patch. Yet Huddersfield battled away once again, going a goal up before conceding an equaliser. Yes, they sat back and defended, “parked the bus”, but they did what was needed to confirm their Premier League status for at least another season.

The efforts of both us and Huddersfield in their attempts to stay up couldn’t have been further away from each other. A lot of questions need asking and you can imagine Sunday’s final Premier League game with fellow relegated side Stoke City won’t be an enjoyable one for the likes of chairman Huw Jenkins.

This has been long coming, and if we did manage to stay up this season, it would be another long slog next year as well, where we’d probably have gone down.

For the last three seasons, we’ve sacked managers during the season and battled against the drop, but our squad has got worse and worse, so bad in fact that we couldn’t recover. Carlos Carvalhal did throw it away, after all, we were 4 points clear just 7 games ago, but he’s not the man to blame for this mess. He didn’t sign the players, he didn’t fail to replace either Gylfi Sigurdsson or Fernando Llorente, he didn’t sell the club off to a 27-person American consortium behind communication with the Supporters’ Trust. The list of issues and problems just goes on and on.

So, where do we go from here?  The Americans can bin their hopes to expand the stadium, they’ll find it so difficult now trying to bring in more commercial income. They’ll lose around £70m in TV money – tv money that they heavily relied upon to pay wages and other regular running costs. How do they recover? The Championship is notoriously difficult to get out of, or easy if the desired destination is League One.

You can’t help but feel angry and frustrated by the position we’re now in. Yes, we’ve done brilliantly to manage 7 consecutive seasons in the top flight, but we surely had the potential to make that 8 and counting. We’ve become complacent, greedy, and now, in hindsight, what was the point of selling to the Americans? They were meant to boost us, make us more money commercially and invest and build us, now you can forget all of that as a Championship club.

But all is not lost. You have to hope that now we’re definitely a Championship club next season, that we can bring some of the younger players through to the first team, and build a more exciting side with players that want to fight for the shirt.

Local lad Connor Roberts was clearly devastated when Southampton netted their winner on Tuesday night. It hurts. George Byers is another who would have felt the same. Oli McBurnie might not be a local lad but he’d at least give 100% every game and he’s shown that he can score goals at our new level. Players like Ki, Carroll and Andre Ayew won’t be much use in the Championship, there’s just no fight and guts between them. You’d expect Fabianski and Mawson to move on this Summer for as much money as possible to try and build something of a decent squad next season, though don’t be surprised if nowhere near the full amount received is re-invested in the squad.

 

4 Replies to “It’s All Over, After 7 Seasons, Relegation Confirmed”

  • So it’s the drop then? I wonder how we will cope. I looked at the 23 players who are on the books at the moment and I honestly could not see more than 9 or 10 who are likely to be here next season. There is a massive job waiting for anyone who takes the reins. On top of all that the state of the club is at a low ebb. The American owners will obviously take what they can and run, they won’t be interested in lower league football, the Premier League was the draw for them. So too Huw Jenkins, he has not shown that he wants any more of the Swans it seems to me. We desperately need people who care about the Club, directors,owners and definitely players with heart and a passion to lift this great club again. It’s a sad day, only time will tell if we can once again be proud of our Football club, too many other great teams of the past are languishing in the lower leagues with only their memories. To be honest relegation for the Swans maybe the last we see of the Premier League, it becomes more and more difficult to get out of the Championship.

    • Good to see you back Phil. Hope you prefer the new setup here. Gutted we’re down but it was going to happen this year or next. The hope we had when Carvalhal first came in suddenly went, he threw it away I thought with such negative football, but there’s far bigger issues at the club than that. Lets hope at least this relegation will force some long-overdue and required changes. A full review right the way through the club is needed, big changes – and then there’s picking the right manager and getting inspiration from our League One and Championship days. Can it be done? Yes, Will it? Nowhere near convinced if nothing is changed at the top.

  • Thanks for the good wishes, the new format is good. One point though, you can’t see how many comments are on each item until you actually go into a specific item.

    As far as Carvahal is concerned, I feel he suffered eventually from our poor squad and also the injuries to Fer and Bony. He decided we had to cut out any mistakes and take few risks. This does not work in the Premier League, you will be found out. He was the wrong choice but hindsight is easy, what I did not like was playing 5 at the back even when we needed to go for it. I feel he just did not care enough, this was just another job to him. Still on the positive side, this is a great opportunity to get things right. What is certain is that we need a good start next season to give everyone a lift.

  • Yeah I know what you mean about the comments, I’ll raise that with the VF guys as you can’t follow who’s replied etc. I’m not sure where they could put the comments number on the home page but I’ll ask them to see what’s happening with that. They wanted to make it possible for users to login to both the site and forum as one and follow it that way, but they can’t get it to work as yet. If I hear back I’ll update here. Carvalhal of course started well but in the end the Sheffield Wednesday fans were proved right, he goes on bad runs and has no idea how to get out of them, not to mention the negative football he adopts, and bottles the big games. The hope he gave us at the beginning makes it harder to take, we were 4 points clear and we threw it away.

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