Week One of the Trundle Era Sees Changes in Personnel
Five members of the Swansea backroom staff have left the club following mutual termination of their contract as Trundle continues to put his stamp on the club.
Attacking coach James Beattie has left despite only recently being appointed by the club. Trundle has said that he is looking for a more experienced coach to work with his forwards. Kristian O’Leary, Gary Richards and Cameron Toshack have also been told they will be leaving the club. All three coaches worked with young players but Trundle is hoping to improve the standard of youth development at the club to ensure Swansea’s long term success in the Premier League.
Finally, assistant manager Josep Clotet who was appointed by Garry Monk has been relieved of his duties. Swansea legend Alan Curtis will take over the role on a permanent basis.
Birmingham City coach Karl Hoope
r is the first new member to join Lee Trundle’s new look backroom staff. Swansea paid £16,000 to the Blues to appoint the 27-year-old coach to help with the defensive side of training.
German fitness coach Werner Leuthard
has also joined Trundle’s team on a 3 year contract. The German has an impressive CV having worked for the likes of Bayern Munich and Schalke 04. This will be his second spell in the UK following a short stint at Fulham.
has also joined the Swans following Trundle’s offer. The Italian will work closely with Werner [Lethard] as part of the new fitness team appointed by Lee Trundle.
Welsh coach Steve Cooper
was also appointed in this busy week of staff changes. The ex-Liverpool coach is said to be excited to be moving back to Wales and working again with a Premier League side.
Former Leicester City keeper Tim Flowers has also joined the Swans this week in a goalkeeping coach role. Trundle has also hired ex-West Brom manager Alan Irvine
and former United coach Jimmy Lumsden
as coaches to add experience to his backroom staff.
was confirmed as the first exit under Trundle’s management. The defender left the club for £2.5m
having joined the Swans in 2012 for £1m giving the club a handsome profit. The defender only made 11 league appearances in 3 seasons at the club and it is expected that Swansea will reinvest this money to buy a new centre back.
Promising centre back Joe Rodon
has secured a loan move to Fleetwood Town. Trundle hopes the Welsh defender will gain a lot of experience playing in the football league as he looks to continue the progression of some of the clubs young talents.
has also made a loan move to Championship new boys Bristol City. The midfielder will be eager to get some playing time under his belt as he hopes to persuade Trundle that he has a place in his long term plans.
Swansea have signed 17-year old midfielder Louis Reed
from Sheffield United for £725,000
. Reed becomes Trundle’s first permanent signing and the manager has expressed his delight at landing such a promising young talent for a small fee. Reed will join up will play his football with the under-21s this season but Trundle has told the player that he will be given chances in the first team if he works hard.
Anwar El Ghazi
became the second signing of the summer for Swansea. The Ajax winger cost the club £5m
but the transfer could potentially rise to £6.5m. The winger scored 9 goals in 21 Eredivise games in his breakthrough season last year and will be hoping to have a similar impact in South Wales.
Trundle completed the first loan
deal of his managerial career this week too. Palace forward Dwight Gayle
has joined the club to ease Swansea’s striker problem.
Manager Lee Trundle has reject an approach from Liverpool for South Korean midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung
. Trundle has commented saying the £10m offer wasn’t close to his valuation of one of the clubs key players during last seasons campaign.
Swansea have also turned down an approach from Chelsea for playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson
. Chelsea had offered £25m for the midfielder who Trundle has said is indispensable to the club. However there are rumours suggesting that Swansea would let the player go for a bid of £35m.
Head physic Kate Rees has confirmed that Portuguese forward Eder
has sustained torn knee ligaments
during a training session and will be out for 2-3 months. This is a massive set back to Trundle, who now only has one striker in the first team. The manager has confirmed he will be looking to sign a striker as soon as possible with an additional loan to cover Eder’s injury.