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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. 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
  5. An exercise in development

    Max Hicks

    This time last season, Swansea had just capped off their League Cup final win with a 1-0 Premier League victory against Newcastle. The Swans would go on to take just six points from their remaining ten matches, but with 40 points in the bank already,...

    Blog | March 13, 2014
  6. Laudrup vs. Monk - were Swans right to act?

    Max Hicks

    It's been over a month since Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins sacked Michael Laudrup, and the fans are still arguing the toss. Although it's still very much early doors in Garry Monk's reign, I thought it might be interesting to compare the two managers'...

    Blog | March 10, 2014
  7. Monk's inexperience rears head in Swans' draw

    Max Hicks

    When Garry Monk was installed as Michael Laudrup's successor as Swans manager a month ago, it was because chairman Huw Jenkins wanted a return to "the Swansea way" of doing things. Although in principle Jenkins' motive was a noble safeguard against w...

    Blog | March 03, 2014
  8. Draw with Napoli proof of Swansea improvement

    Max Hicks

    Premier League teams haven't fared well in European competition over the past week. Arsenal and Manchester City both succumbed to home defeats in the Champions League, while Tottenham were surprised by Dnipro in the Europa League. With a 0-0 draw at ...

    Blog | February 21, 2014
  9. Monk now able to focus on the future

    Max Hicks

    The Swans slipped out of the FA Cup on Sunday with a 3-1 defeat to Everton, and while Garry Monk's controversial decision to field a severely rotated squad provided an obvious scapegoat, the decision also provided some unexpected hope for the future....

    Blog | February 17, 2014
  10. Monk era marches on with point at Stoke

    Max Hicks

    It amused me to hear talk of "Garry Monk's unbeaten run" following Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Stoke. The game was only Monk's second in charge of the club, but the positivity of those who would describe two games as a "run" has some foundation. The Sw...

    Blog | February 13, 2014
  11. Emphatic derby win signals Swans return

    Max Hicks

    There really is something special about Swansea City Football Club. On the evidence of Saturday's convincing 3-0 victory over arch-rivals Cardiff, the sacking of manager Michael Laudrup looks entirely justified. - Report: Swansea 3-0 Cardiff Th...

    Blog | February 09, 2014
  12. Fresh start benefits Swans for derby clash

    Max Hicks

    Michael Laudrup has gone. Whether the decision was right or wrong, whether we (or Laudrup) will ever know the reasons why, the game goes on. Garry Monk's reign as new Swans boss -- temporary or otherwise -- begins with the most important fixture on t...

    Blog | February 07, 2014
  13. Laudrup exit leaves Swansea in tough spot

    Max Hicks

    Michael Laudrup sacked. It is hard to know where to begin. Those are three words I never anticipated reading, let alone writing, at least in the same sentence. Some might argue it was inevitable given Swansea's recent results, but nothing about the m...

    Blog | February 04, 2014
  14. Brutally simplistic

    Max Hicks

    Swansea's trademark inconsistency resurfaced in Saturday's 2-0 defeat to West Ham. After shaking off the stink of an eight-game winless streak against Fulham last Tuesday, Swansea were expected to enjoy a run of good results against struggling sides....

    Blog | February 02, 2014
  15. Swansea's low-profile window not a surprise

    Max Hicks

    An underwhelming transfer window in general saw Swansea haul in a bag full of spare parts and promises. The bigger names might not have made it over (Nacer Chadli, Tom Ince), but the Swans' conservative activity is still a good sign. Evidentially, Mi...

    Blog | February 01, 2014
  16. Swans stop the rot to ease relegation fears

    Max Hicks

    All this talk of Swansea and relegation has made the last few weeks feel like some sort of alternate reality, one in which team-mates (allegedly) brandish bricks and the Swans' talented manager Michael Laudrup threatens to walk out. I even read o...

    Blog | January 29, 2014