Swansea City’s Wayne Routledge has spoken about the ‘project’ at the club, and how they’re trying to build something special under their new manager.
Steve Cooper’s appointment at Swansea in the summer didn’t please every fan of the club but after the start they’ve made to this season, they’ve quickly warmed to the 39-year-old.
Swansea won seven of their opening eight games in all competitions this season and looked like the earliest contenders for the Championship crown.
Results slowed down though and having gone winless through the whole of September, the Swans are finding their footing again.
Speaking to the official Swansea City website today, Routledge said:
“Nobody’s perfect, we have to remember that we are starting and we are trying to build something.
“There are going to be ups and downs along the way, the main thing is that everybody sticks together and that includes the city as a whole as well as the players and staff.”
After beating Leeds 1-0 at Elland Road at the end of August, where Routledge scored a 90th-minute winner, Swansea would take one win from their next seven league games.
The wheels looked to be falling off but following two wins and a draw going into this international break, Swansea are 4th in the table and very much back in the mix of things at the top of the Championship.
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“It’s not always going to be pretty but we always have the right intentions,” explained Routledge. “Sometimes we don’t play as well and things don’t click.
“But we are doing things the right way and putting the building blocks in place to create something special again.
“These things do not happen overnight, they never do, but I think there is a lot to be positive about moving forward. The general trend is going the right way, I feel.”
Routledge is an experienced pro and part of the furniture at Swansea. Looking from the outside in, the revolution that Cooper and co are fronting in South Wales is evident and the early results positive.
Cooper was appointed because of his background in the England youth set-ups and he’ll be looking to build a young, fresh team at Swansea. It won’t happen overnight, but they’re certainly on the right track.