Questions aplenty at Swansea - before and after defeat

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There are some managerial selections that, even before the season starts, reveal much more than the man in the dugout.

The failure to appoint Gary Speed, or even talk to him, could embody the general search for a new manager, leaving us with a man who spectacularly failed at Reading.

Having said that, I doubt Sousa was first choice last season, a man who failed at QPR. He didn’t do too badly at the Liberty Stadium! Brendon Rodgers could be a surprise package. Who knew he spoke Spanish and Italian, which could come in very handy in the transfer market.

I look forward to seeing his management style and if he continues the “Swansea Way”, good luck to him!

Rogers may not have had much time to do much business in the transfer market, but Swansea has still been fairly busy, albeit without threatening our transfer record. There have been a few additions to the squad, but the players leaving have attracted more publicity.

When news first broke about Lee Trundle joining Neath, many thought it was a joke. How can a player fall from the Championship - admittedly only a squad player - to the Welsh Premiership?

I wish him the best of luck, but if anything, I would prefer him still to be in our squad. A mere two starts under Sousa last season was unfair on a player who, for all the world, seemed to have the talent to be successful in the Championship, if not the Premiership.

I suspect there would have been numerous clubs willing to take Trundle on loan from Bristol City last season, but he chose us for maybe sentimental reasons, so he was due a fair chance.

Perhaps, just like Schumacher or Armstrong, legends are best remembered in our memories.

Trundle’s loss will not affect selection much from last season, but Leon Britton’s move up North will leave a gap, which allows the many midfield candidates to compete for his starting spot.

Britton goes with our best wishes, even if his reasons are ambiguous. He was a great servant, but it still irks whenever a player leaves, especially on a free to a rival club.

Sheffield United could be a step sideways, rather than a step forward to the Premier League with Wigan and ex-room mate Roberto Martinez reportedly calling.

The man most likely to fill Britton’s shoes is Andrea Orlandi. He strikes as a potential gem, and last season saw the most evidence of this.

His versatility and touch could come in very handy this season. Similarly, Swans fans were pleased and surprised to hear Stephen Dobbie is staying. He could easily have tried his luck in the Premiership with Blackpool.

So, the season is upon us. I would not like to predict where we will finish, especially after the 2-0 defeat to Hull on the opening day. Pre-season friendlies provided few clues having lost to Hereford and thrashed a team in Holland 9-1. Improvement will be needed, starting in the Carling Cup tonight.

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Lee Trundle
Swansea City

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