Date: 20th April 2010 at 6:14pm
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Speculation linking Paulo Sousa with a move to Sporting Lisbon has ended as the Portuguese side have appointed a new manager.

The Swansea City manager was linked with a move back to his former club after they sacked their last boss Carlos Carvalhal, but he has been replaced by Paulo Sergio.

The Evening Post started the story this week that Sousa was a possible target for Sporting Lisbon but it was proved to be just an opportunity for them to sell more papers as Sousa is staying at the Liberty Stadium – for now.

It’s hard to judge how long Sousa will be at Swansea City, as he clearly has big ambitions for the near future. He’s eyeing a managerial job in the Premiership and you can’t rule him out going the same route as the man he replaced last July – Roberto Martinez.

The Spaniard left the Swans for a number of reasons, the main one being the fact he could link back up with Dave Whelan and the club who started his career in the English League. The bigger wage, the Premiership opportunity and the more transfer money available were more attractions for him to leave the Swans. After an excellent first season in the Championship, which saw us finish just outside the Premiership, Martinez was looking to go one better the following season (prior to being tapped up by Wigan!) and get some big signings in to boost our chances of promotion to the top flight. The money wasn’t available to get his targets like Jordi Gomez and James McCarthy, and then followed a quick and easy path to the Premiership – Wigan Athletic.

Paulo Sousa won’t have the luxury of having a few million to spend on players this Summer if we’re still in the Championship to help us improve the squad for a better push for promotion. We’ve shown our potential this year but it’s clear that a few signings are required to go one better in the next campaign. It was rumoured recently that Sousa failed in an attempt to bring in loan players to help us through the final few months, and he apparently questioned the board’s ambition.

Vital Swansea want to hear your views on this and many other topics related to the club. Is the club showing enough ambition for the near future or will we stay in the Championship for years until we start spending more money on new players?

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