New Swansea boss Joey Barton
has stamped his authority on the Welsh club, showing the door to no less than 9 players.
The 29-year-old is a newbie to football management, but has boldly made moves to sell 9 Swansea players, cutting down the current senior squad to only 16 players.
The first one out the door is right-back Ashley Richards
, who came from the Swansea youth academy. The Wales Under-21 international looked set to be a star at the Liberty Stadium when he broke into the first team in 2009, but his Swansea career has deteriorated in recent seasons. The 21-year-old will continue his football career at Championship club, Derby, whom he joined for 200k.
33-year-old veteran midfielder Mark Gower
is also set to move. The Englishman joined the Swans in 2008 on a free transfer and has been a vital part of the team since then, but Barton does not think he'll continue producing, and Gower will move on to Scottish champions Celtic for 500k.
20-year-old French defender Darnel Situ
has also been shipped off to Bristol City for 220k, just a year after previous manager Brendan Rodgers brought the youngster to Wales from RC Lens.
Despite being a fan favourite at the Liberty Stadium, 29-year-old Alan Tate
has also been pushed out of the door, 10 years after he initially signed for the Welsh club on loan from Manchester United. The central defender links up with Ipswich Town for a fee of 1 million.
Like Situ, 20-year-old Rory Donnelly
was signed only last season from Cliftonville, but has now been moved on as well to Peterborough for 300k.
has agreed to return to his home country of Holland, with Vitesse paying 2.5 million for the Dutch midfielder.
Former England Under-21 international Wayne Routledge
will join West Bromwich for a fee of 3 million.
26-year-old English striker Luke Moore
joins Huddersfield for 1 million after an unsuccessful 2 years with the Swans.
Last but not least, Leroy Lita
has joined teammate Mark Gower to Scottish champions Celtic, for 2 million.
These sales have fetched Joey Barton and Swansea an additional transfer budget of 10 million, and it will now be up to the controversial man to find replacements.