Alan Tate recalled the dark times as Swansea basked in the glory of promotion to the Barclays Premier League.

Eight years ago the Swans averted relegation from the Football League by winning their last two matches of the season. On Monday, the south Wales side completed a remarkable turnaround in fortunes by beating Reading 4-2 at Wembley to win the npower Championship play-off final.

And, as players and fans celebrated promotion with a victory parade around the city, Tate said on Sky Sports News: "Where we are now is an unbelievable change in a short space of time."

He added: "From going from six points adrift at the bottom of the Football League, to be in with a chance of playing in the Premier League means everything for me."

Tate was on loan with Swansea from Manchester United when they were fighting to stay up - and the 28-year-old revealed the games against United next season will have most significance for him.

The defender added: "I spent time at Manchester United until I was 21. I still go and watch them and I loved my time there. There are no hard feelings or regrets about leaving, I want them to win the league every year - but it won't stop me wanting to beat them when we play them."


 

Captain Garry Monk added: "There have been dark days but we are so happy to put a smile on everyone's face. It's been an amazing two days.

"A lot of people have doubted us over the years - even this year we were tipped for a relegation battle."

Many are tipping Brendan Rodgers' side to make an instant return to the Championship but Monk added: "Luckily the people who run the club don't believe the odds.

"We'll stick to our beliefs and what we know - and we hope we've got what it takes in the Premier League. We'll try to improve - but I think we've got enough in the locker to give it a good go."

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