Ki Sung-Yueng is staying in the Premier League even as his Swansea City side joins the Championship.
South Korea’s captain is signing a two-year deal with Newcastle United. He had two goals and two assists in under 2,000 minutes for Swans last season.
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The Chronicle claims that Everton, West Ham, and AC Milan wanted to sign Ki, but the 29-year-old opted for a return to Northeast England having played on loan for rivals Sunderland.
Ki has also played for Celtic and FC Seoul, and is fresh off another stint captaining South Korea at the World Cup. Ki has 104 caps with 10 goals. From NUFC.co.uk:
“I’m so pleased I can join the club. I was always pleasantly surprised when I came to St. James’ Park to play against Newcastle – there is a great atmosphere and the passion from the fans is a great support to the players.
“Everyone knows how big this club is so I’m really looking forward to playing with my teammates and for the fans.”
Lukasz Fabianski may be going back to London.
The Swansea City and Poland goalkeeper doesn’t seem headed for the Football League Championship after the Welsh side was relegated in 2017-18.
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Fabianski, 33, spent 2007-14 with Arsenal after signing from Legia Warsaw, then moving to Swansea.
Now West Ham is reportedly discussing a purchase in the range of $9-10 million in a bid to upgrade its goalkeeping after an up-and-down season with Joe Hart and Adrian between the sticks.
He played every league match for Swans this season, and 37-of-38 Premier League matches in his first three seasons in Wales.
In his Swans’ tenure, he’s played 150 times with 39 clean sheets. Seven of his 45 caps came in qualifying for Poland, and he may be in line for the No. 1 shirt at World Cup.
It’s a good move for West Ham if it can get it over the line.
In news that was expected after its relegation, Swansea City announced that it is parting ways with manager Carlos Carvalhal.
Carvalhal took over the Swans on December 28 with the club in the bottom of the Premier League standings and he was quickly able to lift Swansea out of the relegation zone. But a run of nine games without a win to finish the season, including five straight defeats in the last five games, ended all hope for the Welsh side.
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“We’d like to put on record our thanks to Carlos for his enthusiasm, hard work and commitment since arriving at the club in December,” Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins said. “Naturally, we are all disappointed with the club’s relegation from the Premier League, and following discussions with Carlos, we felt it was in the best interests of both parties that we move in a new direction.
“We will now be looking to appoint a new manager in readiness for the 2018-19 season.”
Despite the disappointment with Swansea, Carvalhal should have no issues finding a new club, whether in England in the Championship again or in his native Portugal.
Meanwhile, Swansea City has a huge decision ahead on who will manage the side in its bid to bounce back up to the Premier League. It will be a tough sell at first, with a decimated squad after years of selling off the club’s best players.
But if they get their transfer strategy correct, with the parachute payments, the club can afford to spend big this year and make it back to the Premier League.
- Swansea relegated after seven-year stay
- Swans finish in 18th place
- Stoke finish in 19th with relegation already confirmed
Swansea lost 2-1 against Stoke City at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday with the South Wales side relegated from the Premier League after a seven-year stay.
The Swans took the lead via Andy King but Stoke scored twice in the first half through Badou Ndiaye and Peter Crouch to seal a comeback win and just their second victory under Paul Lambert. Xherdan Shaqiri misses a penalty in the second half as Stoke eased to victory.
With the win Stoke finish in 19th, level on points with Swansea in 18th but five goals worse off in goal differential.
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Stoke were forced into an early change as former Swansea midfielder Joe Allen was forced off and Darren Fletcher replaced him.
Xherdan Shaqiri whipped in a cross which Lukas Fabianski punched clear and the other end there was an almighty goalmouth scramble with Jack Butland saving and several blocks from the Stoke defense keeping Swansea out.
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Moments later King put Swansea ahead as Andre Ayew nodded the ball into his path and he calmly slotted home. The chances kept coming for Swansea as Wayne Routledge then went close with Stoke sinking back towards their own goal.
Before the break Stoke were level as a counter saw Ndiaye get free in-behind and he lobbed home a wonderful effort to make it 1-1. And it got better for the Potters as Crouch headed home a free kick from the left to make it 2-1.
Jordan Ayew curled a free kick inches wide just before the break but the Swans were heading for the drop.
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In the second half Ayew went close again as Stoke sat back and soaked up pressure but Swansea had simply ran out of steam.
Stoke missed a penalty as Fabianski denied Shaqiri after a handball call in the box and Swansea just couldn’t find an equalizer.
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At the final whistle the likes of Leon Britton and Fabianski were in tears as Swansea were relegated on the final day.
Multiple reports say that Carlos Carvalhal will leave Swansea City after their final game of the season on Sunday.
No official conformation has arrived from the South Wales club, but it is expected that the Portuguese coach, who arrived in December, will depart the Liberty Stadium with their relegation from the top-flight all but secured following a 1-0 defeat to Southampton on Tuesday.
Carvalhal is said to only have a deal until the end of the 2017/18 season but he had been in talks over a new long-term deal before things turned sour over the past few months.
The Swans currently occupy the final relegation spot and must beat Stoke on Sunday and hope Southampton lose to Manchester City with a 10-goal swing in their favor.
Even the most optimistic Swansea fan is resigned to a first relegation from the Premier League since they arrived in 2011.
Carvalhal was a left-field appointment (he had been fired by second-tier Sheffield Wednesday before stepping up a league to take charge of the Swans) but had a remarkable impact when he arrived, winning 17 points from his first nine PL games in charge to move them out of the bottom three and into midtable.
However the Swans haven’t won since Mar. 3 and have scored just twice in their last eight games with Carvalhal’s charm and knack for delivering memorable quotes failing to cover up the cracks throughout his team.
The main criticism towards Carvalhal from Swansea’s fans in recent weeks has been his persistence to play five at the back and being too defensive as they sunk back into the relegation zone.
After three-straight seasons of relegation scraps, the Swans will almost certainly slip out of the PL and that will cost Carvalhal his job.
It seems as though Swansea are now searching for their fifth permanent manager in just over two years.