Roberto Ready For Squad Changes

Monday, 5 May 2008, 9:42
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Roberto met with most of his squad yesterday at the Liberty and an announcement is expected on their futures imminently.

There are several players out of contract this summer and there is also speculation that there will be some transfer listings as well as Roberto looks to build his squad for next season's Championship challenge.

Some fans have expressed concern that Roberto will hand out contracts as part of "an old pals act" but that is simply not true and anyone who knows Roberto will testify that it is simply not the way that he works.

Speaking in today's Western Mail, the Swans manager said “I couldn’t have asked for any more from this group of players

“There were nine contenders for player of the year and that says everything about consistency and winning mentality.

“And those qualities don’t come by chance, they come by hard work. Everyone has played their part in this success.

“And I think this group can do well in the Championship, when you look at the core of the squad it pleases me. But every squad needs strengthening and over the summer we will have to do that.

“We have to have a competitive enough squad to challenge at a higher level.

“It’s not about being loyal, it’s about football making the decisions. We all professionals and we all want to play at the highest levels.

“The players here have achieved something they can be very proud of, but in terms of the future, football will make the decisions, while I will always do the best for Swansea City.

“But, in terms of this group, I have seen a huge improvement over the last 10 or 12 months and they have an average of about 25, so I think they could all be ready for this next challenge.”

And that is a sentiment with which Garry Monk agrees “There’s a real strength in depth to this squad and a quality here that has made all the difference,” said Monk who has earned himself a new deal

“And I definitely think this team is ready for the Championship – none of us can wait. It will be a big challenge, but I’ve played there and I think the players we have here will be fine.”

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