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Chairman’s statement

Haven’t posted for ages on this site , tbh go bored.
trevor birch has been brilliant since becoming chairman - a few lessons to HJ !!
latest statement has again provided regular update to supporters. I like TB very much and it feels again like we’re building something special. 

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  • It’s great to be bringing you my latest update from the Liberty Stadium with Swansea City going into the first international break sitting proudly at the top of the Championship.

    The fantastic victory at Leeds United on Saturday capped a tremendous start to the new campaign. I have to say on a personal note, when Wayne scored that last-minute goal and witnessing the subsequent celebrations on the bench and in the stands, that was probably up there in my top three moments in football. To see the togetherness of the coaching staff and players celebrating the goal was wonderful and encapsulated for me exactly what we are trying to achieve. We are all in it together. 

    I know it’s early days, but we’ve got to make sure we enjoy these moments along the journey and not get too obsessed with the destination.

    The weekend was topped off perfectly on Sunday by listening back to Wyndham Evans’ brilliant unbiased commentary on Swans TV!   

    I don’t think anyone could have wished for any more than 16 points from the opening six league games and two Carabao Cup victories. But knowing Steve Cooper the way I do; he will probably still be smarting from the two points missed at Derby County! He has such belief in the players and their abilities.

    It goes without saying that the job Steve, his backroom team and the squad have done since we kicked off the campaign on August 3 has been amazing.

    It’s the best start to a league season over the first six games in the club’s history - and the best start by any head coach or manager to their tenure with the Swans. These are startling facts, but let’s not get carried away; there are still eight months and 40 punishing games left to play. We know there are going to be tough times ahead and that’s when we all have to stay strong and stick together.  We will achieve nothing unless we’re all in this together and provide unconditional support. 

    And now that the European transfer window has closed, I felt it would be a good time to give our supporters a further update on where we are as a club.

    It’s been a very busy summer where we made some major appointments with a new manager, backroom team, head of recruitment and head of performance analysis. 

    It was vital that we restructured the footballing operations of the club, not just for the short term, but for the long-term benefit of the football club. In this regard, I will be announcing another important appointment very shortly. 

    The squad also needed some restructuring due to our financial position following relegation from the Premier League. It’s been no secret that we had and still have some major work to do to get the club back on an even keel and sustainable for its long-term future.

    We managed to secure substantial transfer fees for Dan James and Oli McBurnie, while also reducing the wage bill with the summer release of some senior players, plus the likes of Jordan Ayew and Jefferson Montero later on. 

    We replaced them with the likes of Jake Bidwell, Kristoffer Peterson, Aldo Kalulu, Sam Surridge, Ben Wilmot and Freddie Woodman. I think they have already proved they are capable of adding great value to the squad.

    The two unexpected bonuses have been Borja Baston and Andre Ayew. To see them still part of our squad when the European transfer window closed last night was great news for everyone associated with the club. That last sentence is not one I thought I would be writing! But as we know, football is a funny old game and there are many twists and turns along the way and you must be flexible to adapt to the changing circumstances.  

    Everyone was aware at the end of the season that we had to reduce our wage bill quite substantially to meet our financial targets, but the fact that we received decent fees for Dan and Oli gave us some flexibility on that front.

    With both Borja and Andre performing so well and expressing their desire to stay and fight for this football club, we are delighted with their commitment and that they are still part of Steve’s squad.

    They have both stated that they believe in what the club and Steve are doing and have bought into his ideas and plans.

    Andre has shown in his first few games back what a quality player he is. He has come back to the club with a great attitude and as an experienced member of the squad I think he has a big role to play in helping and supporting some of the younger players as the long season progresses. 

    Borja has been like a new signing. He has returned to the club from his loan spells in Spain fully committed and with renewed energy and confidence. He has displayed a tremendous quality and deserves to be top of the Championship’s goalscoring charts with five goals. I’m delighted for him because for a striker there is nothing like goals to give you confidence and he now looks hungry to score every game.

    As I mentioned earlier, financially we still have a lot of work to do going forward, but we will still try and give Steve every chance of being successful, while also keeping our supporters, the community and the future security of the club at the forefront of our thoughts.

    Turning back to the weekend it was great to see so many fans at Elland Road on Saturday. It made me so proud and made a huge difference to the players. I’m sure the journey home for the 1,400 Jacks was a happy one. It certainly was for me!

    After the QPR game and witnessing the amazing atmosphere the fans created (Oli included!) and then the win over Northampton in the Carabao Cup last week, I was keen to offer an extension to the window to our Jack Army #WeAreTwenty pledge in a bid to get as many supporters to Leeds as possible. It meant we reduced the adult price from £39 to just £20 plus savings for concessions and kids and refunded those fans that originally missed the window.  

    It may have come at a considerable financial cost to the club, but we felt it was important to get as many fans as possible to Leeds to counter the intimidating atmosphere for the players. And what a job the Jack Army did; you certainly delivered.

    We will continue to try and reduce the financial outlay for our supporters where we can. This will come in different guises, such as removing all online booking fees, introducing match-by-match ticket initiatives and maintaining the ongoing #WeAreTwenty pledge.

    I also mentioned in my programme notes for the Birmingham game that we are determined to reduce the average age of our supporters attending the Liberty by attracting more youngsters because, after all, they are our fans of the future.

    For example, at the start of the season we increased the eligible age of junior tickets from under-16 to under-18. We have already had three ‘Kids for a Quid’ games this season against Northampton, Birmingham and Cambridge, plus we will be re-introducing the ‘Come With Your Club’ initiative that proved so popular last season.

    We also have some exciting ticketing schemes planned with the primary and secondary schools in the area, first level higher education and our partners at Swansea University.

    There are always financial implications for the club to consider, especially in these difficult times, but I hope our supporters can see we are trying to help where and when we can.

    Thank you for your support. It will never be taken for granted while I am chairman.

    Trevor

    barryMalcSeaJack
  • I think the nod to not thinking he would be writing a sentence about Baston and Ayew staying suggests that had a suitable bid arrived, they'd have been off.

    So, more by luck than design then. But either way, what we have is two very good players - probably far too good for this level - until at least January.

    Whichever way you cut it, that is far more than I expected out of this transfer window and I now score it as 8/10, the only thing I'd have liked to see is us strengthen in central midfield, but you can't have everything.

    Birch writes really well and I have to say that having held back and watched things carefully until now without getting too excited, I am now officially convinced. You really can't fault his communication, and the work he has done on and off the pitch since arriving. Impressive stuff. 
    SpringheeledJack
  • I dont agree with you gary on the "luck" part of your post.

    the design was that he was not going to let the players go if it was not beneficial to the club - i.e. if it still cost us money.

    And the sales, loans and offloading of player was designed to enable us to deal with the scenario that if the deals that didnt materialise in our favour for BB and AA, which he could see was likely to happen.

    Also why he held out for the fees that he got for DJ and Oli. He wasnt going to sell them below his valuation of the players.

    It's a million miles from what went on from last summer, and shows that it was more down to knowledge, planning, reacting to a fluid market, and competence than "luck".

    SeaJack
  • @Mark_Jack_London

    I maintain that it was fortunate we didn't get a bid for AA and BB because Birch's own words quite clearly state he didn't expect them to be here. 

    The rest - the summer recruitment, the off field appointments he's made, ticketing, the prices he got for OM and DJ - definitely not luck just very good executive decisions. 
  • it just goes to show, HJ should have resigned a long time ago and if we had a half decent man in charge, we would still be a premier league team. Birch is a breath of fresh air for fans. Excellent so far.
  • MarkG said:
    it just goes to show, HJ should have resigned a long time ago and if we had a half decent man in charge, we would still be a premier league team. Birch is a breath of fresh air for fans. Excellent so far.
    To answer Gary, we did get a bid for AA, from Dubai, the money was more than acceptable (to us and Andre), but AA thought he still had something to offer perhaps at the lower end of the PL or top of the Championship and refused to go.

    Mark G, to be fair to HJ, he probably wanted out in 2016 but like any take over, the incoming owners tied the previous chairman up for X amount of years, hardly HJ's fault, yes, he should have resigned but there were probably clauses in his package if he did.
    I'm sure he was pushed before he jumped in January, after failing to answer his phone to Leeds regarding Daniel James, for that, the club, fans and owners should be grateful.
    CadleighPablobarry
  • @Mark_Jack_London

    I maintain that it was fortunate we didn't get a bid for AA and BB because Birch's own words quite clearly state he didn't expect them to be here. 

    He doesn't state we didn't get a bid for AA and BB.

    "The two unexpected bonuses have been Borja Baston and Andre Ayew. To see them still part of our squad when the European transfer window closed last night was great news for everyone associated with the club. That last sentence is not one I thought I would be writing! But as we know, football is a funny old game and there are many twists and turns along the way and you must be flexible to adapt to the changing circumstances."  

    The sale of Dan and Oli clearly gave the club financial leeway, and how do we know that WE did have offers for either player. But what the financial leeway did, it enabled us to turn those offers down and actually gave us the financial opportunity to retain both players' services.


  • It was vital that we restructured the footballing operations of the club, not just for the short term, but for the long-term benefit of the football club. In this regard, I will be announcing another important appointment very shortly. 

    My guess is Leon for Vice Chairman
  • I’ve heard the same as Jacktar - Birch decided to pull down the shutters once he saw how well Ayew and Baston were playing, and we had the Oli money in the bank to keep us solvent this season. I also understand he has no intention of offloading anyone at Christmas either, although if a stupid offer comes in I guess you can never say never. 
  • I just think that after what the club has gone though over recent years that it is so deserving that we finally have a top professional at the helm with the skillset to really turn things around. A very impressive individual and a first class communicator.
  • Actually best of all it reads like he is quite enjoying himself. Whoever is writing the pieces for him certainly understands the right things to say and the right way to say them.

    It is full of lots of good touches,
    ‘Wyndham’s....brilliant unbiased commentary.’,

    ‘That’s a sentence...’

    and most of all when talking about Wayne’s winner and the celebrations,

    ’...up there with my top 3 moments in football..’

    Powerful stuff, probably one of the best Chairman’s Statements I’ve read, certainly in the last 5 years if not longer.

    Remember though still only 6 matches gone, where we are at the end of the Stoke match on 5 October, which is our 11th league match, which is 1/4 way through the season will give us a real hint.

    To be possible  automatic promotion candidates we will need in excess of 22 points at that stage with a goal difference in excess of +11.


  • @SpringheeledJack are you saying that Mr Birch is not writing his own statements?
    Chris_Sharman
  • Best signing of the season - Trevor Birch. I say that bearing in mind that he appointed Steve Cooper (with the help of Leon & Curt) who brought along Mike Marsh & Martin Margetson. Let's hope he sticks around for the long term.
  • His job is creating the message, someone else will be writing it down.
  • Are you trying to say he has a secretary Springheeled ;)
  • Something missing from this statement is, a number of people had problems getting into the Hull game. Friends I know missed the first 30 minutes as a result.

    They have been given a full refund. 
    SeaJack
  • Something missing from this statement is, a number of people had problems getting into the Hull game. Friends I know missed the first 30 minutes as a result.

    They have been given a full refund. 
    what was the reason for the hold ups?
  • @gardo He May well do, but Perhaps in this case more of a professional writer!

  • Birch writes really well and I have to say that having held back and watched things carefully until now without getting too excited, I am now officially convinced. 
    If Gary is on board, there's no stopping us!!!  :)
    Chris_SharmanPablo
  • Gardo said:
    Best signing of the season - Trevor Birch. I say that bearing in mind that he appointed Steve Cooper (with the help of Leon & Curt) who brought along Mike Marsh & Martin Margetson. Let's hope he sticks around for the long term.
    And Martin Morgan
  • . 'We know there are going to be tough times ahead and that’s when we all have to stay strong and stick together.  We will achieve nothing unless we’re all in this together and provide unconditional support'. 
    the significant statement as far as I am concerned. Maybe the mods can have that statement as a header on the  discussions page, then fans won't need reminding, that a true fan gets with the team even when there's a downturn in fortunes
  • Pablo, some would rather cut their nose off to spite their face
  • TB comes across very well & is doing a grand job.

    Clearly a much needed football man at the helm. 
    Jackareme
  • It is amazing how many great decisions we have made recently... Birch, Curtis and Britton head hunting Cooper, Cooper being appointed, marsh joining, Margetson joining, Scott joining, Leon's new role, protecting the academy, getting good money for James and McBurnie, getting Ayew and Baston confident and fired up, interesting transfer window recruitment, giving jersey space to a charity, dropping booking fees, extending the $20 away ticket scheme etc.

    I was in the depths of despair - but it really feels like we are a club heading in the right direction again - loving it right now - and as @JoH says..it all stems from having a football man at the helm
    SeaJackJoH
  • Jackareme said:
    It is amazing how many great decisions we have made recently... Birch, Curtis and Britton head hunting Cooper, Cooper being appointed, marsh joining, Margetson joining, Scott joining, Leon's new role, protecting the academy, getting good money for James and McBurnie, getting Ayew and Baston confident and fired up, interesting transfer window recruitment, giving jersey space to a charity, dropping booking fees, extending the $20 away ticket scheme etc.

    I was in the depths of despair - but it really feels like we are a club heading in the right direction again - loving it right now - and as @JoH says..it all stems from having a football man at the helm
    So, what is the Trust's view & although I voted for legal action, is it an appropriate time to upset the apple cart. Personally I would still go after the sellers.
  • Good question @StephenR - I voted for action as well, and have not changed my mind. We cannot let unacceptable/illegal/unethical behaviour to slide by unchallenged just because of recent developments. I hope that this action can be kept separate from the on field activities.
    Jeff_CowbridgebigoakdeekaycimlajackMark_Jack_LondonColinNorthampton
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