Today's media round-up

17th April 2013

Today's media round-up includes interviews with chairman Huw Jenkins and manager Michael Laudrup.
The South Wales Evening Post concentrated on the Swans' financial approach for next season while they also spoke to the Great Dane about the contribution of record signing Pablo Hernandez.

South Wales Evening Post
Jenkins insists Swans will stick to financial structure as they look to build on this season's success


Huw Jenkins insists Swansea City will not abandon their prudent financial structure as they look to progress this summer.

Swansea's wage bill is reportedly the third lowest in the Premier League, though they have confounded their limited resources in spectacular fashion this season by winning the Capital One Cup and closing in on a top-ten finish.

Michael Laudrup and his players now face the imposing task of trying to build on what has arguably been the most successful campaign in the club's history, with plans already in place to strengthen the squad.

Swansea will have the funds to do so, having announced record profits of £15.9m for the six months up to the end of November 2012.

And although Laudrup's summer recruitment drive could come at a significant cost, Jenkins is adamant the Swans will continue to adhere to their careful approach.

"This is our philosophy. We were no different in the Championship," he said.

"Even when we were promoted, we were nowhere near the highest spenders in the league, and we've carried on that way in the Premier League. That's not going to change. We are comfortable with what we are doing and we are going to stick to that. That's what we believe in."

According to a study by The Times newspaper, Swansea record an annual turnover of £65.2 million, while their £34.6 million wage bill is the third lowest in the Premier League - a "perfect example of how a club can thrive and survive", according to the paper.

The club's wages could increase with Laudrup considering moves for as many as six players at the end of the season, but Jenkins is confident the Swans can add to their ranks without spending beyond their means. "It's not difficult to stick to our financial structure," he said.

"When people understand what the club is about, they know full well what parameters we work in.

"We have got to make sure we bring the right players in at the right cost. Michael Laudrup has the task of making sure we are a competitive team next year.

"Like any other season, it's going to be a tough year and we'll have to work as hard as we always do."

Meanwhile, Jenkins has also dismissed reports linking the Swans with Tottenham's Andros Townsend.

South Wales Evening Post
Laudrup praises Hernandez


Michael Laudrup has saluted the contribution of Pablo Hernandez as Swansea City's record signing targets a recall against Southampton this weekend.

Hernandez appeared to pay the price for inconsistent form when he was left out of Swansea's starting side at Norwich City 11 days ago.

That was the first time Hernandez has been omitted from Laudrup's frontline side when he has been fully fit.

But Swansea's manager insists he has been well pleased with the Spanish international's form since his £5.55million move from Valencia last August.

"I think Pablo has got used to English football already," Laudrup said.

"He needed a bit of time at the beginning of the season, but he then had a great run of performances before he got injured.

"He was out for five or six weeks and that's a long time.

"Since he came back he has had some good games and some less good games, but overall I am satisfied with what he has done in his first season so far."

He added: "Pablo can always give us something on an individual basis.

"You cannot always be at your best level, but I don't think you have to read too much into the fact that he didn't start at Norwich.

"The other two wingers (Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge) have been excellent this season.

"We have tried sometimes to play all three of them, but mostly we have only played with two of them and that means that somebody cannot start.

"I have a lot of confidence in Pablo, but it's not written anywhere that he has to play in all of the games."