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  1. End of season report: Swansea

    Max Hicks

    The 2013-14 season has been, without doubt, Swansea's most turbulent year since the club joined the Premier League. They returned to European competition for the first time since 1991, with manager Michael Laudrup taking the club all the way to the k...

    Blog | May 14, 2014
  2. Swans look to a future with Bony

    Max Hicks

    If the Swans final home fixture had been a non-event with a bad ending, then their final game proper -- away to Sunderland -- was the opposite. Swansea finished the season in style, 3-1, with a now routine goal from Wilfried Bony capping off a season...

    Blog | May 13, 2014
  3. Monk hiring has positives and negatives

    Max Hicks

    In news which has come as a surprise to absolutely no-one, interim boss Garry Monk has been officially appointed Swansea City manager on a two-year deal. Monk, a former Swansea defender, has been groomed for the position for a while, but is still ear...

    Blog | May 08, 2014
  4. Swansea set for interesting summer

    Max Hicks

    Swansea made sure of their Premier League safety with last week's convincing 4-1 romp over Aston Villa, so it was surprising to see manager Garry Monk field a more or less full strength starting XI for the 1-0 loss to Southampton on Saturday. Gran...

    Blog | May 04, 2014
  5. Swans still facing many questions despite reaching safety

    Max Hicks

    In what was effectively the last game of their season, Swansea secured safety with a 4-1 win over Aston Villa. Wilfried Bony bagged a second consecutive brace to intensify rumours of his departure for bigger (if not necessarily greener) pastures over...

    Blog | April 28, 2014
  6. Safety on the horizon for Swans

    Max Hicks

    The most intriguing Premier League season for some years keeps refusing to offer any resolution. Just when the relegation picture seems set, Sunderland go and beat Chelsea, or Cardiff surprise Southampton. It's the same at the other end of the table ...

    Blog | April 24, 2014
  7. Bony's brilliance can't paper over Swansea's issues

    Max Hicks

    The gift of a rare penalty in the final moments of Saturday's match against Newcastle gave Swansea a precious 2-1 victory. Now with 36 points, Swansea are a hair's breadth from safety largely due to the continuing excellence of Wilfried Bony. Bony...

    Blog | April 21, 2014
  8. Playing for safety

    Max Hicks

    The minimum Swansea need from their last four games to be virtually sure of safety is probably only three points. That's one win, which will ideally come before the visit to Sunderland on the last day of the season. Three more points give Swansea 36,...

    Blog | April 18, 2014
  9. Battling Swansea hint at progession despite loss

    Max Hicks

    It's hard not to feel a little bit sorry for Swansea. Trying to get something out of Chelsea was going to be difficult enough without having to play with ten men for most of the game. Although they ultimately lost, they did so by the smallest possibl...

    Blog | April 14, 2014
  10. With safety near, Swans can experiment against Chelsea

    Max Hicks

    Swansea City will face the toughest of their remaining five matches Sunday when Chelsea come to town. As far as the relegation battle goes, things might have to get worse for the Swans before they get better, but with all the teams below Swansea faci...

    Blog | April 11, 2014
  11. Weak Swans fall to Hull

    Max Hicks

    So much for pep talks. In the wake of last week's satisfying 3-0 victory over Norwich, Swansea boss Garry Monk dared his players to go the remainder of the season unbeaten, and they responded by promptly falling at the first fence. Hull will not be t...

    Blog | April 07, 2014
  12. Bony buy has been a bonanza for Swans

    Max Hicks

    Swansea's season so far has been one full of gambles: from the forced gamble of taking a small squad through four competitions, to the calculated gamble of a mid-season managerial change. Perhaps the Swans' biggest gamble of all came before a ball wa...

    Blog | April 04, 2014
  13. Swansea's quality resurfacing as health improves

    Max Hicks

    It shouldn't really be surprising that Swansea finally managed to beat Norwich 3-0 on Saturday. For the first time in a long time, the Swans are more or less playing with a full squad, having endured a treatment room carousel which has seen one or mo...

    Blog | March 31, 2014
  14. Swansea prove mettle against Arsenal

    Max Hicks

    Lee Probert's decision to whistle for full-time thirty seconds early on Tuesday night while Jonathan De Guzman was on a breakaway might seem pretty baffling, but it makes sense to me. Probert was making a decision about which set of complaints he...

    Blog | March 26, 2014
  15. Defensive errors doom Swans at Everton

    Max Hicks

    A beaten Swansea City maintained their four point safety margin from the relegation places on Saturday, but only because every team beneath them in the table also lost. The 3-2 away defeat to Everton -- a side Swansea have never beaten -- probably wa...

    Blog | March 23, 2014
  16. Deja vu all over again for Swans

    Max Hicks

    It seems quite likely that West Brom manager Pepe Mel might have headed into the visitors' dressing room at halftime on Saturday in two minds about whether to attempt a rousing team-talk, or whether to call the house movers and tell them not to bothe...

    Blog | March 16, 2014