Hello, good morning sports fans, I hope you’re well looking after yourselves and are in good health, we need to talk about football and to be more precise we need to talk about Championship football.
The football season has ended of course and in the Championship they’re now at the play-off final stage which will be contested by Coventry and Luton.
As important as that game will be, which has been branded the richest in world football, we want to look at other news in the Championship.
The news that Southampton have got their rebuild after Premier League relegation underway after news emerged they’re close to appointing Russell Martin as their new boss.
Martin, who formerly managed MK Dons, since arriving in Wales helped the South Wales side find their identity again, the identity which saw many football fans likened them to prime Barcelona.
High-intensity, high-pressing possession-based football is the kind of football Swansea fans have been accustomed to for the past 15 years.
Previous managers Roberto Martinez, Brendan Rodgers, Michael Laudrup and now Russell Martin have all implemented this system (sorry if I missed anyone).
This philosophy that each manager possesses, which is of course in line with the Swansea way, has seen all of these managers on a personal level get success and all have them have enjoyed rewards from their work.
Granted, some have enjoyed more success than others, but it’s been a success all the same. The Swans were once upon a time a settled Premier League side, but have sadly lost their top-flight status.
Neutral fans, lovers of the beautiful game will be happy that they haven’t lost their ability to hire the right manager to help play in the way that’s fitting to Swansea’s loyal and passionate fans.
The all-but-confirmed departure of Russell Martin to Southampton, who many will see as favourites for the title, is a massive compliment to Swansea and what they’re doing.
Leicester if they get relegated were reportedly in for him too, but Southampton must have wanted him that bit more, hence why they made sure they win the relegation race.
Former Scotland captain Martin will be a tough act to follow, but so was following the footsteps of Martinez, Rodgers and so on, but they got it right. So with that in mind, I have every bit of faith that Swansea will get the appointment of their new manager right.
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