Swans Not In Limbo

Wednesday, 13 June 2001, 0:00
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‘Ninth Floor is still supporting the club as it has done for more than four years. When it is sold we have to be sure it is going into the right hands.’

Lewis, who had Vetch Field talks with McClure last week, said that until the sale to one of a number of interested parties

‘We have to keep operating as normal.’

But it was revealed yesterday that a rights issue of Ninth Floor shares, raising almost £1m, had reduced McClure’s stake in the parent company to 1.6pc.

To slash Swansea’s operating costs the playing staff has been reduced by 12 to 22 and there will be no reserve side next season, the club having been refused entry to the Football Combination second division, added Lewis.

Venezuelan international Giovanni Savarese and Jamaican international Walter Boyd have been released. Savarese, Swansea’s top scorer last season, wants to play at a higher level.

But if he is unable to realise his ambition, the Swans would be happy to give him a new contract – ‘providing we can afford him’, said Lewis.

Loan signings Nicolas Fabiano and Matthias Verschave rejoined Paris St Germain at the end of the season. But Swansea are looking at the possibility of making them permanent signings from the French club.

They have left the door ajar for new contract offers to teenagers Andrew Mumford and Bari Morgan.

The Swans are seeking talks with all supporters bodies with a view to them becoming actively involved with the new regime and one of their representatives joining the board.

Images courtesy of Getty Images, Athena Picture Agency and Swansea City Football Club.
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