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Swansea figure makes bold claim about club’s rise to prominence

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Former manager of Swansea City, Paulo Sousa, has stated that he began the rise of the Swans after taking charge of the club a decade ago.

Having previously been assistant to Portugal manager Carlos Queiroz and manager of QPR, Sousa took charge at The Liberty Stadium in June 2009 and led the Swans to seventh in the Championship, their highest league finish for 27 years, before leaving for Leicester City at the end of the 2009-2010 campaign.

Sousa said via Wales Online:

“Huw Jenkins realised that my type of football and my knowledge of the English league during the months I was at QPR were enough to be the right coach to continue the ideas he had in mind to reach the best results with Swansea.

“And they were the best results, at the time, of the last 27 years.

“We were one point away from the play-offs, and then, with a little more investment and the improvement of all the game processes, it ended up happening with Brendan Rodgers.”

Sousa laid the foundations for his successor Brendan Rodgers to take Swansea up to the Premier League, earning promotion in 2010-2011 and spending seven years in the top flight before relegation in 2018.

Was Sousa's time with Swansea a success?

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Since his successful time with Swansea, the 49-year-old Sousa has gone on to manage Hungarian top-flight side Videoton, Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv, Swiss side FC Basel, Italian side Fiorentina, Chinese side Tianjin Quanjian and is now in charge of French side Bordeaux.

The former Portuguese international coached Swansea for 49 games, winning 18, drawing 18 and losing 13. Across his entire managerial career so far, the Portuguese native has managed 420 games and won 202, drawn 105 and lost 113.

The Verdict

Sousa is right to claim that he began the Swansea rise, putting together a Swansea side that included the likes of Ashley Williams, Nathan Dyer, Angel Rangel and Leon Britton, all four players having a huge part to play in the Welsh club’s rise to the Premier League.

The 49-year-old inspired his Swansea side and motivated them before every game to go out and perform, and despite his football not being the most entertaining brand, it ended up getting results with the squad in place.


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