Chairman's column: Reading

27th October 2018

Read Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins' programme notes for today's clash with Reading.

Today’s game against Reading is another big Championship encounter for Swansea City.

And what I mean by calling today’s fixture a big game is unlike the Premier League last season, when three points meant everything in respect of survival.

The win and three points in the Championship, especially this season, means a chance to climb the table and complete at the top end.

That’s where all the promotion spots are attainable for everyone who can string together a few wins between now and January – and, as we all know, where anything can happen during the run-in.

Our second-half performance was excellent on Tuesday night against Blackburn.

For me the attitude shown by everyone to get back into the game and eventually win 3-1 was fantastic to see.

Having individual talent is one thing as a footballer, but playing as part of a team with strong commitment for each other and a competitive attitude and desire to win in a simple but effective way can be unstoppable in the modern game.

Far too much time and energy at the majority of football clubs, and by many modern-day managers and coaches, is spent over-analysing the wrong things to achieve success.

Seeing our team play with such freedom and passion in that brilliant second half against Blackburn really makes me excited about our future under Graham Potter and his staff over the next few seasons.

A very warm welcome to all directors, staff, players and supporters who have made the trip down the M4 to support Reading at our Liberty Stadium today.

And a very special welcome back to Swansea City to Reading manager Paul Clement, who makes his first visit since he left us last December.

I had a great personal and working relationship with Paul during his time at Swansea City and I have the greatest respect for him not only as a top football coach but as a person.

I wish Paul and Reading the best of luck for the remainder of the season after today’s game.

The 2011 Championship play-off final victory over Reading always brings back great memories for Swansea City and will always be a highlight in our history.

So much has changed for us and Reading since 2011 and everyone connected to both clubs will be hoping a new, exciting and successful chapter in our respective histories is just around the corner.

Success in football comes and goes as managers and players change over time.

The only hope we all have as true football supporters of our respective clubs is that success stays with us longer and the failures are only short-lived.

Enjoy the game