Date: 13th June 2009 at 11:40am
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The Mirror are reporting today that Swansea City would have to pay £500,000 to Sheffield United if they wanted to appoint Gary Speed as their new manager.

The player-coach at Bramall Lane has 1 year left on his contract.

by keith margam
“Dennis Wise is the last person I would have as manager!”

The former Welsh international is set to have talks with chairman Huw Jenkins on Monday about the possibility of replacing Roberto Martinez.

Swansea City will also speak to other candidates. Other names in the frame are former Watford boss Aidy Boothroyd who has declared an interest in the job according to Huw Jenkins.

He told BBC Sport that he is looking to push things on next week:

‘As things stand, there’s some good people who have applied,’

‘We are going to push on next week and get cracking.

‘We will try our best [to do something by the end of the week] and see where we get to.’


Due to the on-going saga regarding Martinez’s delayed move to Wigan, little has been reported about who our next manager could be. Gary Speed is the only potential candidate who’s been mentioned recently. Rumours suggest that Gus Poyet and Dennis Wise have applied for the job.

“I don’t think Speed was officially a coach there, Sam Ellis had that job, but Speed was learning the ropes whilst injured. They bought him as a player last season for 250k. How are they trading him, as a player or as a coach, one is a fee the other is compensation? For a 40 year old player it seems a high price, for a coach he wasn’t on the books as a one, so how can they claim compensation?”
keith margam