The Board Years…..

January 2002: G’day and Ta’ra Petty!!

This was the start of the rise of the club and it all began when the Aussie was finally kicked and bought out of the club. There are many club heroes from that time, no more so than Mr Mel Nurse but it was Huw Jenkins who was appointed chairman because in his words ‘he was the dullest one’.

March 2002: Bye Bye Colin

Colin Addison was the first manager to depart the club under the boards rule. Club legend Nick Cusack took the reins after playing a major role with the playing staff during the Petty era. However the early sign was that it wasn’t a great move for the club as we finished the season poorly and slumped down the league

Summer 2002: The Magnificent Seven

Excitement was high with the fans. Manager Nick Cusack had the fans backing and the board backed him too! A summer of new signings sparked great excitement!!!

October 2002: Foot of the Football League

It all wasn’t really going to plan!! Cusack got fired just six months after being a hero, the team were awful: like really awful!! Brian Flynn is given the job to save the club from relegation.

Winter 2002/03: Flynn and his Signings

We needed new blood and we needed them to gel straight away. We needed a board to back this and show ambition; Tate, Britton, Martinez, James Thomas, Neil Cutler, Marc Richards, Lenny Johnrose and many more; in total 21 players were given their Swans debut by Brian Flynn in his first season!!

May 2003: Hull

We all know the result but what an 18 months for the board!! 3 managers in that time! Countless amounts of players in and out. What could be a realistic goal at this stage?

Summer 2003: White Rock in motion

The stadium was all coming into place with the council agreeing to it, funding it and finding the developers for it. Having a secure club with a stable board must have been a factor in the council pushing it through. Would it ever be possible to fill 20,000 seats though? Would we be just like Wigan Athletic and have a quarter full stadium?

Summer 03: Trunds

Brian Flynn and the board brought in magic daps. Attendances rose!

Summer 04: £35,000 Paul Connor!!

Can you remember the excitement?? Imagine how good a player must be if they cost £35,000!!!!!!! Our first paid signing since Tommy Mutton in 1999. The board were backing the manager to the absolute delight of the fans!! The club was going places!!!

Spring 04: Bye Bye Flynn

After backing the manager with the Connor signing, the board show their ambition and dismiss the man who saved them less than twelve months earlier. But the appointment of Kenny Jacket seemed a poor choice when Swansea lose their first 6 games under the new man.

Summer 04: Jackets signings

His poor start didn’t deter the board from backing the new manager; Sam Ricketts, Garry Monk, Kevin Austin, Adrian Forbes, Gary Fisken, Willy Guret & Kevin McLeod all join the playing staff over the summer on free transfers. The club and board are showing the belief that there is more on offer than Division 3 survival. Ambition is f*cking critical!!!!

May 05: Free Willy!!

Last day promotion at bury takes the club into League 1. Stadium is on track, club is on the up, the board and club are beginning to build a reputation as one on the rise.

May: 05: Bye, bye Vetch Field

It was sad day but required for the progression of the club. The board had overseen the move and the transition was as smooth as it could have been.

Summer 05: Money, money, money

Promotion and a move to the new stadium allowed the board to spend money like we had never seen before at the club. The board totally backed the manager and spent in excess of half a million quid on the likes of Pratley, Marc Goodfellow, Owain Tudor Jones, Bayo but with the bulk of that money going on Rory Fallon. The spending didn’t stop there as we signed Leon Knight & Darren Way half way through the season as promotion looked likely (top on New Year ’s Day).

February 2007: Jacket get your coat!

Failing to win promotion on a play off penalty shootout and not putting enough of a challenge the following season saw Kenny getting his marching orders from the chairman. The board continued to deal with money transfers and the clubs playing staff started to represent real financial value. Sam Ricketts and Rory Fallon both went for about £300,000 each and the next manager had real decisions and options…….

February 2007: Enter Martinez

A really bold decision from Huw Jenkins and co! Made more so when you look back at the disappointing spell under Nick Cusack who himself was also a very well liked club captain with no managerial experience.

Summer 2007: EL Sawansea

Spaniards Orlandi, Bauza and Rangel came in along with Scotland, Bodde and De Fries and the impact was instant! The board could continue to back the manager thanks to the £1 million sale of Lee Trundle to Bristol City.

Spring 08: Easy and sexy!!!

Swansea were crowned League One Champions in style! The board’s decision to back a rookie manager was clearly vindicated and Huw Jenkins was starting to get a reputation as a chairman to pick the right man for the right occasion.

08/09 Season: Stability confirmed

The board splashed £400,000 on a certain Ashley Williams to add to the squad and brought in Jordi Gomez on loan. Both settled in beautifully and the club narrowly missed out on the play-offs. It is rumoured that the gaffa was upset that the club wouldn’t sign the Spaniard on a permanent basis; Martinez left to join Wigan that summer.

09/10 Season: Crazy Paolo

Martinez took Scotland and a few members of staff with him to Wigan which looked good for the balance sheet. Supposedly, the chairman learned a lesson here; with Martinez leaving and taking his back room staff and vitally the clubs scout with him, Jenkins vowed that in future a manager should arrive on his own and leave on his own with the aim of keeping as much stability as possible. Potentially this was the moment when Huw himself got more involved in player recruitment. Paolo Souza came in and done alright and then left.

10/11 Season: A certain Mr Brendan

I understand that there were preferred candidates but they wanted their own back room staff and ‘entourage’ but the board were keen to learn from when Martinez left and Brendan was willing to arrive alone.  The board backed the manager with the signings of Scott Sinclair and we all know the rest. The board had overseen the rise from the foot of the football league to the jewels of the Premiership.

11/12 Season: All the money!!!!!

A totally new ball game but the club, board and manager kept to a clear game plan as to the type of player that they wanted and began to assemble a squad to compete in the Premier League. The club needed to deal with unprecedented demand for tickets home and away and a season ticket waiting list was created overnight. The whole infrastructure of the club, from the commercial arm of it to the training facilities was now compared to other Premier League clubs.

12/13 Season: The Laud be with us!!!

So we stay up and Brendan goes and we put the challenge to Huw Jenkins to replace him as well as Danny Graham, Scott Sinclair and Joe Allen. Challenge accepted he says, Laudrup comes in, finish 9th in the top flight and win the League cup.

Summer 13: Lets kick on

The board continue to back the club and find ways to reach new levels. Smashing the transfer record fee by signing Wilfried Bony for over £12 million but also signing Jonjo (£5 mill odd), Jordi Amat (£2.5 odd) and others. Ambition and excitement has never been higher and we get on a European tour in the EUROPA Cup.

September 13: Could you pass me the shower Gel Angel?

The board knew that long term infrastructure will be their legacy and the exceptional training facilities at Landore opened in September 2013 and was the beginning of a new chapter for the club. The clubs first purpose-built training ground in our 101 year history shows the long term ambition of the club.

February 2014: Bye Bye Laud

A decision that looked harsh to many across Europe and to some within this country but sitting just 2 points above the relegation zone and with rumoured in-fighting, the board made their call and replaced him with Mr Monk. The third inexperienced, ex-captain that Jenkins appointed. Initially just until the end of the season, the board gave him the full time job after impressing.

Autumn 2014: The Yanks are Coming!!!!!

Rumours were that the board are selling up! The board release a statement that they are in talks with an American billionaire who is going to make the club stronger and take us to the next level. The announcement doesn’t go down well with the fans!

January 2015: He’s a Bony lad

Our record signing becomes our record sale as we flog him for £28 million.

Spring 2015: The Yanks aren’t coming!!

Story break out that the take-over bid led by John Moores has broken down. Most fans are pleased with the announcement and hope that the current board continue on.

15/16 Season: A real let down

After the £28 million sale of Bony and the Swans highest ever Premier League finish guided by club legend Garry Monk, fans are excited about the potential new arrivals and the chance of pushing on. Eder is the clubs most expensive signing of the summer at £5 million. Monk loses his job before Christmas, Paloshci come in and Jonjo goes out in January, Curtis gets given the job until the end of the season and then told actually some Italian is coming in instead and he does well and guides us to a respectable league position.

Spring 2016: We are off!!

The board announce that a majority share sale will go ahead to an American group of investors. The supporters trust position will remain unchanged and Huw Jenkins will continue in his role as chairman.

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