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VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Swansea fan on slimy Rodgers, Allen’s worth and signing Berba

Premier League newbies, Swansea, were one of the clubs that were favourites to be relegated last season, but thanks to the leadership of Brendan Rodgers, finished in a very respectable 11th place on the same points as 10th placed West Brom and just five points behind Liverpool.

Since then, they have lost both their manager and star player to Liverpool, but Chris Carra from Forza Swansea is hopeful ahead of the new season.

Scott the Red: What would have to happen this season for you to class this as a successful one?

Chris Carra: Though I hate to say it, as long as Swansea survive in the Premier League this season would be seen as a success. Before Rodgers left we would have expected to maybe push into the top ten, but with Laudrup untested at this level and all the changes anything apart from relegation would be a success this season!

STR: How frustrated were you to lose Brendan Rodgers to Liverpool?

CC: At the time it was very frustrating, as the club was finding it’s feet at the top level and were on the way to a second exciting season in the Premier League. But we’re all over it now, helped along by the fact that Rodgers has been so slimy and false, breaking promises and taking players when he said he wouldn’t. The bitterness helps ease the disappointment I guess.

STR: How do you rate your Laudrup’s ability to take your club forward?

CC: Michael Laudrup is an interesting manager. He’s untested at this level so things could just implode as soon as the season kicks off. However, from the pre-season games and the signings brought to the club, he clearly has a vision which hopefully can be implemented. However, I fear if he’s successful, a year down the line he will leave for a different club. I don’t really see him working with Swansea for years to come.

STR: How do you feel about your club’s business in the transfer window this summer?

CC: Generally pretty good, some positive changes have been made. Laudrup has got rid of some dead wood, and replaced Sigurdsson and Caulker pretty well with more cost effective solutions. However, I’d still say another two or three new guys are still needed before the transfer window closes.

STR: If you could pick one United player to have in your squad who would it be?

CC: Berbatov would be a great signing for Swansea, who need another goalscorer. We’ll give you Alan Tate and £20 for him.

STR: Do you think Joe Allen is worth £15m?

CC: Not really. Don’t get me wrong – he’s a great player and was one of the key men for Swansea last season, but we were all surprised to see him go for £15million. Not that we’re complaining – once again Swansea have done some great business! Having said all that, if Torres is worth £50million and Carroll worth £35million, who’s to say what Allen is actually worth!

STR: Who do you think will be your most important player this season?

CC: As Laudrup is shifting a few things around – possibly making things more attacking – we are likely to see more goals at both ends. To ensure we see less goals given away it will be up to Michel Vorm to stop some of the best strikers in the world, so Vorm is key man for me.

STR: Who do you think will win the league this season?

CC: It’s between the Manchester clubs. As I’m writing for a Man United website here, I’ll say it’ll be United’s year again!

STR: Ha, cheers.

Follow Chris on Twitter and read Forza Swansea.

About Scott

Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. Clint-Iamyourpapii says:

    STR is blogging like there’s no tomorrow !


  2. Giggs's Left Boot says:

    I’ve missed these ‘view from the enemy’ posts.
    bring on the new season,come on united!

  3. 50 Shades of WillieRedNut says:

    Joe Allen is worth every penny.

  4. Newton Heath Red says:

    ……i know its great isnt it

  5. 911_DEVIL says:

    Breaking: man city are considering a bid for the british museum so that they can have some history :D

  6. james says:

    every penny ? may be worth another 5 euros…

  7. 911_DEVIL says:

    He joins who he wants, he joins who he wannnnntttss, robin van persie joins who he wants!

  8. Chambers says:

    Can I get on here and have an interview? I promise to be nice and lick all of United’s boots and puff up their egos! I have lots of really terrible things to say about all of United’s opponents and they’re all true.

  9. edcunited1878 says:

    Rafael is the new #2.

  10. kanchelskis says:


    Hmmm… doubt it. If you want, you can jog the fuck on though?…

    Just a thought.

  11. wayne says:

    very good Chambers love opposing fans who know thier place,i’m sure if you ask STR nice he’ll let you get on your kness and kiss his boots,please make sure you wear your team colors
    Good lad bowing down to superiors

  12. Eric keane says:

    Bomb the chambers

  13. ARUN says:


  14. Eric keane says:

    Prior to joining Man Utd ,Van Persie has been asked to work on and try to adjust to a new concept for him in football.


  15. Eric keane says:

    England vs Italy- ‘England to go with tree upfront’

    Roy Keane inadvertently solves the persistent problem of having to play Andy Carroll    

  16. edcunited1878 says:

    No Arun, Fabio is on a season long loan, hence he isn’t a registered squad number/player for Manchester United in the 2012/2013 season

  17. Eric keane says:

    England vs Italy- ‘England to go with tree upfront’

    Roy Keane inadvertently solves the persistent problem of having to play Andy Carroll    

    Watching Carlos Tevez and John Terry in the Community Shield Final… Can’t help but feel that Bane in Batman blew up the wrong stadium.    

  18. Eric keane says:

    Liverpool’s sponsor’s Standard Chartered accused of hiding £161 billion in suspect deals…

    Police found £35m in Newcastle and £20m in Sunderland.    


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