Date: 14th July 2010 at 6:30pm
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Former Swansea City midfielder Kristian O’Leary says Sousa’s exit is ‘probably for the best’.

Sousa left the club last week to join fellow Championship rivals Leicester City. A move that wasn’t really a surprise considering his relationship with the board. Plenty of speculation has circulated recently suggesting that the board didn’t like the 39 year-old, and that they wanted him out.

Sousa guided us to our best League finish in nearly three decades last year, but things were going on behind the scenes that us fans weren’t aware of. What they were exactly, we’ll probably never know, but the board and the manager certainly didn’t have the relationship needed to take the club forward.

O’Leary told BBC Sport:

‘Personally if I’m honest, it’s probably for the best for the club that Paulo has moved on,’

‘There were certain things going on at the club that wasn’t good.’

‘Looking at the league I watched a lot of it last year because I wasn’t involved,’

‘If I’m honest I don’t think the standard of the league was that great.

‘Swansea had a terrible start, then had a good patch and fell away at the end. Whether that’s fitness levels or what I don’t know as I wasn’t part of it at the end.



They certainly didn’t score enough goals, but defensively we were outstanding.

‘But there’s got to be a happy mix. Fans were getting a bit frustrated with the style of football and a little bit of negativity that was going on.

‘I think it needs a good appointment to lift morale, get the season tickets selling again and hopefully they can kick off where they left off.’

‘They’ve got to bring in the right man this year,’

‘I’m sure they’ll make the right decision, they have over the years.

‘Hopefully the new manager who comes in will be more attacking-wise and will be wanting to get at teams and score goals and entertain the crowd because that’s what the people of Swansea enjoy watching.’


With Huw Jenkins and co still yet to find a replacement for Paulo, fans are beginning to get impatient and frustrated – not only with a lack of news regarding a new manager, but a lack of signings too.



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