Silver Linings?

Wednesday, 10 April 2002, 0:00
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The official club statement tells us that they had agreed terms with Brian Flynn when he decided that he wanted more money. So the club agreed to it. Then he wanted Kevin Reeves as his assistant and that was the final stumbling block. Or interpreted another way as "We’ll pay what he wants money wise but he has to pick the assistant we have lined up for him"
Now this is a tricky one. It appears that the club have lined up Nick Cusack in a player-coach role for any new manager, there I go again – director of football, because of the sterling work that he has put in in keeping the club steady when Tony Petty was here. Didn’t someone once say that there is no room for snetiment in football? Don’t get me wrong, I like Nick Cusack and I admire what he did when he was here but a simple extension to his playing contract for a year would keep him at the club wouldn’t it.
We hear whispers from Cardiff media that maybe Flynn also turned down the job because of the lack of a budget of the type he was looking for. It’s a simple fact of life here that there will not be bottomless pits of money but you have to ask the question "What budget was he looking for?" But then the club statement said that the larger budget that Flynn wanted was agreed. So we get some conflicting information.
Whatever happens now we are back in the market for the search for a director of football. Which brings me onto another point. I am no expert in employment law but as I understood it the club could not bring in a manager until September based on the fact that Addison and Nicholas were effectively made redundant. However, we are looking at a director of football that will be the manager. Does a different job title, but same job description mean that we are safe from that six month ruling? Legal eagles please?
So what are we left with as options. Well, Dean Saunders name is still being banded about and seems an option that will, at a minimum, put ‘bums on seats’ and also be able to attract players of sufficient calibre to the squad that will improve the overall quality of it. It appears that we are possibly looking now at an inexperienced option rather than an experienced one on the basis that the board want Cusack in the player coach role. Most experienced managers will have the right hand man that they trust and want him with him. (does John Gorman follow Glenn Hoddle everywhere as an example?)
But yet again we are left with some more egg on the face of Swansea City Football Club in this season that just seems to stumble from one joke into another. Roll on April 21.

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