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Sousa Accepts Swansea Role

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Former Queens Park Rangers boss Paulo Sousa has accepted a deal to succeed Roberto Martinez at Swansea City.

Sousa replaced outgoing boss Iain Dowie in November 2008 and was highly billed as one of the 'golden generation` of Portuguese footballers.

His time at Loftus Road was cut dramatically short as 26 games and five months later he was axed for divulging confidential information regarding, among other things, the departure of Dexter Blackstock.

Since then he has not shunned the spotlight emerging as a panel member for Football League matches on Sky Sports and vowing to continue his managerial journey in the UK.

Today (Thursday) that ambition came to fruition as he accepted an offer from Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins to succeed Spaniard Roberto Martinez who recently departed for Premier League outfit Wigan Athletic.

Sousa`s name was never really in the frame for the post until yesterday when SkyBet slashed their odds on him taking the vacant post at the Liberty Stadium.

The 38-year-old oversaw a shift in tactics at Loftus Road, notably deploying Hogan Ephraim in a central midfield role, and his reluctance in the early days to play without wingers raised a few eyebrows.

When Sousa`s Rangers got into their stride they were a formidable line-up and Swansea City supporters would be the first to testify the transformation from the forlorn flops that graced the Liberty Stadium under Dowie to the side that outplayed the Swans at Loftus Road.

Sousa has now been succeeded at Loftus Road by former Ipswich boss Jim Magilton as the managerial merry-go-round continues to turn, but the Portuguese boss can turn his attention to a promotion push of his own as he seeks to continue the hard work of Martinez.



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Date:Thursday June 18 2009

Time: 4:53PM

Your Comments

he will come back to haunt us
LeeCookFan
I fear that as well LCF, I really do.
Boxer
Well, as long as the Swans supporters don't expect the same brand kind of exciting tactics deployed by Martinez they won't be disappointed.
Guttermouth
The football Swansea played at the Liberty was superb, we couldn't hold a candle to that when Sousa was here.
Boxer
True, good luck to Martinez at Wigan. He's got a task on his hands there but I think he's going to be a really good manager, he's already shown he can play with class, question is whether he can do it in the Prem.
Guttermouth
I take issue with Martinez questioning the loyalty of players such as Ferrie Bodde and then jumping ship himself - it seems like madness to me. At Swansea he had a club building solid foundations and looking destined for the Premier League in another year or so - where as he chooses to take a shortcut with a club that is in my opinion slapdash and unsustainable with its current fanbase.
Boxer
Is this guy any good, anyway?
Matt_Us
 

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