Neil Taylor exclusive: Swansea success down to Huw Jenkins

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Swansea City full-back Neil Taylor has exclusively told GiveMeSport that the impact of chairman Huw Jenkins has played a vital role in the impressive success the club have achieved over the last few years.

Speaking on his first day back at training with the Swans, Taylor expressed the admiration he has for Jenkins and how his ambition has driven them to the Premier League and League Cup glory.

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Roberto Martinez

The 25-year-old feels that the introduction of former Swansea boss Roberto Martinez back in 2003 - a year after Jenkins took over - was a significant part of the club's future direction as it signalled the start of their success.

He also describes, how the board were not too concerned with experience when they hired the now-Everton manager, because the style of play they wanted to enforce was the most important factor.

"They wanted a certain brand of football and were willing to give the job manager who wanted to play that style of football, whether they've got a proven record or not. I think that was the biggest and boldest move they made as a board," Taylor told GiveMeSport. 

"From then on they stuck to their principles. There's not been many downsides in the last ten years with how it's gone with the club."

Taylor was also quick to identify that Swansea would not of had their success, if it wasn't for their chairman. 

When asked if the Swans would be in the position they're in without Jenkins, Taylor answered: "No I don't think so, obviously everything is in hindsight but you don't know.

"The key being for Huw and especially the football club is that a long time ago, when they gave Martinez the job, they decided that the club was going to go a separate way"

Jenkins Influence

The Welshman admitted that Jenkins was not your normal run-of-the-mill chairman, with how he is always interacting with the players and that he does not shy away attending almost every training session.

He also highlighted that even though Jenkins is a very serious businessman, he does not put himself on a pedestal and that the players have built great relationships with him.

Taylor continued: "He watches a lot of training sessions, he's down almost every day during the season watching a part of training if he can.

"He takes the job seriously you know. He knows that he's employing managers and he wants to see how they work on the training ground and how much work their putting in, this, that and the other which is very fair when you're employing someone.

"The players speak to him, especially the players who have been here a few years, we have a good relationship with him. He knows that if you're loyal to him, he'll be loyal to you."

Michael Laudrup

In February 2014, Jenkins came under enormous criticism when he fired then-manager Michael Laudrup following a poor run of form.

Former Danish International Laudrup was a big fan favourite as he guided Swansea to League Cup glory in 2013, making them the first non-English team to accomplish such an achievement.

Taylor explained that everybody liked Laudrup and was sad to see him depart but how that's the nature of modern football and you have to move on.

He added, "I think all the players had a good relationship with him but we all know the nature of the game. The beast as it is.

"People come and go in the game. Whether it's your team mates or your manager or physios or anything you know. He was a good guy and a great player at that. I think we all learned something off him and hopefully he learned off us and we just move our separate ways."


Following Laudrup dismissal, there was a surprise appointment of Garry Monk as the new boss, albeit a temporary one at first which has now evolved into a full time role for the Swans former captain. However, Taylor has applauded the decision.

He said: "It's surreal but Monk was our captain as well so he was someone we looked up to.

"We always knew he had the traits to be a manager. We didn't and he wouldn't of thought he would of got it this soon, a managerial job let alone a Premier League one but he's got it and he's definitely given it everything he's got."

Taylor also described, that Laudrup's managerial traits are very parallel to Monk - who was a fellow team-mate only a year before.

He concluded: "I think that they're two completely different guys in the way that they approach the game.

"Monk is very passionate and knows the area, the team, the squad, the board, everything you know. He knows the club inside out and i think that's key with how he's approached the job and he's gone at it with full steam in fairness to him."

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