Date: 18th June 2009 at 3:07pm
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Huw Jenkins shares his thoughts on why they have offered Paulo Sousa the vacant manager’s job at Swansea City.

The former QPR boss has verbally accepted the 3-year contract offer and is expected to be officially confirmed early next week when the relevant paper work has been completed and signed.

Huw Jenkins revealed to the Official Site that Paulo Sousa was the best candidate to take this club forward. Roberto Martinez had given the squad a rather European edge with our slick, quick passing style of football.

Sousa can continue that trend of football as he particularly emphasises the technique and passing of the teams he’s managed.

The 38 year-old has played for some of the best European teams including Benfica, where he started his career, as well as Inter Milan, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund.

He was a defensive midfielder, who’s main attributes were ball winning and long-range passing. The likes of Ferrie Bodde and Joe Allen often showed their long-range passing skills and their ball-winning abilities along with Darren Pratley and Leon Britton.

Jenkins said:

‘Taking into account the development of the football club over the last two and a half years and the image we have portrayed as a footballing side, myself and the board of directors felt it was vital to continue along the same lines,”

‘It was felt that Paulo Sousa is the right man to do this. He is young, bright, enthusiastic and a visionary with extensive knowledge and contacts not only throughout Europe, but world football.

‘He will provide Swansea City with a fantastic chance to continue developing and growing over the next few years.

‘As a club we feel strongly that we have created something completely different in the British game and become renowned as a quality football team with supporters who really appreciate the way we try and play the game.

‘We are committed to keeping this theme moving forward under the leadership and guidance of Paulo Sousa who, I’m pleased to say, has verbally accepted the job.”


Swansea City can now finally progress with their preparations for the new season after Martinez’s move to Wigan Athletic kept stalling.

The fans can now look forward to pre-season and seeing what new staff will arrive over the next month or two.

“Lets move on and give the guy our full backing, you have to take on board what HJ says, he sees him as a continuation of our style of play with even more experience than RM at this level, not afraid to revert to 4-4-2 when required, I think we’re moving in the right direction.”
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