Swansea City Relegated From Premier League

Swansea City Relegated From Premier League
Stoke City’s English striker Peter Crouch (2L) scores their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Swansea City and Stoke City at The Liberty Stadium in Swansea, South Wales on May 13, 2018. Geoff CADDICK / AFP

 

Swansea City’s seven-season stay in the Premier League came to an end on Sunday as the Welsh side joined West Brom and Stoke City in being relegated to the Championship.

Needing to beat Stoke, Southampton to lose to Manchester City and a 10-goal swing in goal difference in their favour, Swansea were realistically relegated when Huddersfield guaranteed their survival by holding Chelsea on Wednesday.

However, a 2-1 home defeat to Stoke sealed their fate to cap a 10-game winless streak to end a sorry season.

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Swansea Sign Renato Sanches On Loan

Renato Sanches. Image: swanseacity.com

Euro 2016 winner Renato Sanches has joined Swansea City on a season-long loan move from Bayern Munich, the English Premier League club announced on Thursday.

The 20-year-old Portugal midfielder will join his new team-mates in south Wales upon his return from international duty, Swansea said.

Swansea manager Paul Clement worked with Sanches while he had a six-month spell as an assistant at Bayern last year before moving to the Liberty Stadium.

Sanches joined Bayern from Benfica for £27.5 million ($35.4 million, 29.9 million euros) last season after featuring in Portugal’s run to the European Championship title and went on to make 26 appearances for the German giants as they took the Bundesliga crown.

The confirmation of his arrival, on the final day of the summer transfer window in Britain, adds to Swansea’s midfield options after they recently signed Sam Clucas from second-tier Hull City.

Swansea are currently 13th in the 20-team Premier League after a win, a draw and a loss in their opening three games of the season.

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Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham Joins Swansea On Loan

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Tammy Abraham has signed a new five-year deal with Chelsea and joined Swansea City on a season-long loan as he continues his development.

The striker will be managed by former Chelsea assistant first-team coach Paul Clement.

During his time at Championship side Bristol City last season, he scored 26 goals in all competitions.

Abraham’s goal in a 2-2 draw against Sheffield Wednesday F.C, his 16th in the league, ensuring he became the highest-scoring teenager in championship history.

The 19-year-old ended the campaign by picking up the Bristol City Player of the Year and Young Player of the year Awards.

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Mourinho Jokes He Might Have To Play For Manchester United

Jose Mourinho Jokes He Might Have To Play For Manchester UnitedCoach Jose Mourinho says he might have to pick himself at centre-back when Manchester United play Swansea City over the weekend.

United may be forced to play 19-year-old academy graduate Axel Tuanzebe, with Eric Bailly or Daley Blind, the only fit centre-halves due to the absence of injured Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo.

Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are all out as well, while Tim Fosu-Mensah hurt his calf after coming off the bench in Thursday’s goalless draw against Manchester City.

“I am also training hard in the gym so I can be an option also – Mourinho and Tuanzebe against Swansea!

“In this moment, Eric is the only option we have – it’s Axel, Eric and Daley [Blind]. I think Eric and Daley played again absolutely amazing [against City].

“I have to speak with them and see how they are and see how they feel,” Mourinho told manutd.com.

He also suggested that Marouane Fellaini’s suspension could see a temporary return to the midfield for Wayne Rooney.

Arsenal Draw Manchester City In EPL Clash

Arsenal Draw Manchester City In EPL ClashArsenal on Sunday evening came twice from behind to claim a two-all draw with Manchester City at the Emirates in an English Premier League (EPL) clash.

The Gunners, who lost their last two league matches at home, were stunned by Pep Guardiola’s men as Leroy Sane put the visitors ahead in five minutes.

Theo Walcott levelled the score with a scrambled finish in the 40th minute, just as Sergio Aguero hit home on an angle two minutes later to see City move ahead again.

Eight minutes after the restart, Shkodran Mustafi’s header got the Gunners back on level terms and ultimately earned a point for the hosts.

Earlier, Swansea City and Middlesbrough produced a stale goalless draw which did little to enhance either team’s prospects of avoiding relegation from the league.

Arsenal Crash At Home To Watford, As Chelsea Draw At Anfield

Arsenal Crash At Home To Watford, As Chelsea Draw At AnfieldArsenal suffered a shock loss 2-1 loss to Watford at the Emirates in the English Premier League on Tuesday night.

It was Watford’s first Premier League away win at Arsenal as two goals in the first 13 minutes set up the 2-1 victory.

Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Younes Kaboul opened the scoring with a powerful drive aided by a deflection off Aaron Ramsey, who limped off with an injury.

Watford’s second came three minutes later as Troy Deeney slotted in after Petr Cech parried Etienne Capoue’s shot into his path.

But Alex Iwobi slotted in from Alexis Sanchez’s chipped cross on 54 minutes and Lucas Perez crashed an effort against the crossbar as Arsenal piled the pressure on in the second half, but Watford held on.

Chelsea and Liverpool played a 1-1 draw at Anfield as the visitors missed the chance of an 11-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

Georginio Wijnaldum’s header earned Liverpool the equalizer after David Luiz’s 25th minute free-kick had put them ahead.

Chelsea could have taken all three points but Diego Costa’s penalty was saved by Mignolet.

In other matches, Crystal Palace beat Bournemouth 2-0 at the Vitality Stadium while relegation threatened Sunderland played a goalless draw with Tottenham Hotspur to ensure all top teams dropped points on the night.

Elsewhere Sam Voke’s 87th minute goal was all Burnley needed to beat Leicester City 1-0 at Turf Moor while Middleborough and West Brom played a 1-1 draw in a keenly contested encounter at the Riverside Stadium.

Swansea City defeated Southampton 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium.

Swansea City: Giggs, Coleman Leading Candidates To Get Coaching Job

Chris Coleman, Ryan Giggs, Swansea CitySwansea City are keen to have a new manager in place by Monday, as Wales boss Chris Coleman and Ryan Giggs appear to be the leading candidates.

After managing the club for 85 days, Bob Bradley was sacked on Tuesday night, with the Swans 19th in the Premier League.

Giggs, a former Manchester United star, was interviewed twice before Bradley’s appointment in October.

Former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson, erstwhile Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew and former Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett are also in the frame.

However, Bradley’s permanent successor is not expected to take charge before they host Bournemouth on New Year’s Eve.

Swansea City, Bob Bradley, West Ham
Bob Bradley

The Swans said on their website that the American’s departure followed the disappointing 4-1 Boxing Day defeat to West Ham at the Liberty Stadium.

Bradley had 11 games at the helm after replacing Francesco Guidolin on October 3.

But with the Swans currently in the relegation zone on 12 points, the club felt it needed a change after the 58-yeard-old picked up just two wins and two draws during his stint in charge, with 29 goals conceded along the way.

Swansea City Fire Manager Bob Bradley

Swansea City, Bob Bradley, West HamEnglish club, Swansea City say they have parted company with manager Bob Bradley.

Confirming Bradley’s sack on Tuesday night, the club said on its website that departure comes after the disappointing 4-1 Boxing Day defeat to West Ham at the Liberty Stadium.

“We are sorry to lose Bob after such a short period of time. Unfortunately things haven’t worked out as planned and we felt we had to make the change with half the Premier League season remaining.

“With the club going through such a tough time, we have to try and find the answers to get ourselves out of trouble. Personally, I have nothing but praise for Bob. He is a good man; a good person who gave everything to the job. His work-rate is phenomenal and we wish him well for the future,” Swans chairman Huw Jenkins confirmed.

Bradley had 11 games at the helm after replacing Francesco Guidolin on October 3.

But with the Swans currently in the relegation zone with 12 points, the club felt it needed a change after Bradley picked up just two wins and two draws during his stint in charge, with 29 goals conceded along the way.

Chelsea Beat Bournemouth 3-0 To Set Club Record

Chelsea Beat Bournemouth 3-1 To Set Club RecordLeague leaders Chelsea thrashed Bournemouth 3-0 at Stamford Bridge with a brace from Pedro Rodriquez and a goal from Belgian forward Eden Hazard.

With the victory, Chelsea set a club-record 12th successive Premier League victory while Hazard also earned his 50th Premier League goal

Pedro had given Chelsea the lead with a curled effort from 18 yards supplied by Cesc Fabregas’ 98th Premier League assist, before Hazard scored a penalty in the 49th minute after he was fouled by Simon Francis.

The Belgian became the sixth Chelsea player to reach 50 PL goals after Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Gianfranco Zola and Eidur Gudjohnsen.

AFC Bournemouth were dangerous throughout and twice went close through Jack Wilshere and substitute Benik Afobe, but Antonio Conte’s men held firm and got a late third through Pedro’s deflected shot.

Manchester United’s resurgence in the English Premier League continued as the Red Devils beat Sunderland 3-1 at Old Trafford with goals from Daley Blind, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrik Mkhitaryan.

Olivier Giroud’s 87th minute goal was all arsenal needed to secure maximum points against West Brom at the Emirates Stadium while Watford and Crystal Palace played a 1-1 draw.

Everton also beat defending champions Leicester City 2-0 while West Ham secured a priceless 4-1 away victory over Swansea City.

Benitez Earns First Win To Move Newcastle Closer To Safety

Rafael BenitezRafael Benitez earned his first win as Newcastle United manager and boosted their hopes of staying in the Barclays Premier League with a 3-0 victory over Swansea City on Saturday.

Benitez made five changes to the starting XI in response to last weekend’s defeat by Southampton and the Spaniard’s team selection was vindicated on his birthday, with Newcastle earning their reward for a much-improved showing.

Jamaal Lascelles, who came in for Steven Taylor in the back four, opened the scoring in the 40th minute, heading in only his second goal for the club from Andros Townsend’s corner.

Jefferson Montero and Bafetimbi Gomis both spurned big chances for Swansea before Moussa Sissoko’s first goal of the campaign and Townsend’s late third sealed a result that, combined with Sunderland’s 3-0 win at Norwich City, moves Newcastle within three points of safety with five matches to play.

Newcastle United boss, Rafael Benitez, praised the “passion and commitment” shown by his players in their victory over Swansea City.

“I have to say congratulations to the players,” Benitez told BBC Sport. “They showed passion and commitment. Thank you to the fans. If we stick together then it’s easier for us to approach the game and gives us the chance to win. The players that started were really good. And the other players who came on helped the team.

“Striker Papiss Cisse was fantastic up front and Aleksandar Mitrovic was good too when he came on. When you win games everybody is happy. Today we saw what we expect from this team.

“We have to show the same in the other games. We were not thinking about the earlier win for Sunderland over Norwich. Now we can see the table but before the game it was about focusing on the game.”

The North-East outfit are now three points within safety with five games left to play.

Ranieri, Kane Win Premier League Awards For March

Premier LeagueHarry Kane and Claudio Ranieri have won the March Barclays Premier League awards for Player and Manager of the Month respectively.

Ranieri guided Leicester City to a draw and three 1-0 wins over Watford, Newcastle United and Crystal Palace, to maintain their lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

He was voted for the award ahead of a managerial shortlist that featured AFC Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe (W3 L1), West Ham’s Slaven Bilic (W2 D1) and Swansea City’s Francesco Guidolin (W3 L1).

It is the fourth time Ranieri has claimed the Barclays manager award, the joint-most for an Italian alongside former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti. Ranieri is the 15th manager to have won the award four times.

Ranieri won the award in November this season and also was awarded it twice during the 2003/04 campaign when with Chelsea.

No Leicester manager has won the award more than once in one season, although Martin O’Neill claimed it three times in a three-year period from September 1997.

Ranieri has the chance to join Joe Kinnear (1993/94 with Wimbledon) and Sir Alex Ferguson (1999/00 with Manchester United) and Ancelotti (2010/11) to have won the award three times in one season. That feat is also possible for Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino, who was named manager of the month in August and February.

Five goals in four matches won the Barclays Player of the Month award for Kane, a tally that has taken him to the top of the race for the Barclays Golden Boot with 22 goals so far.

He beat a shortlist that also included Southampton’s Graziano Pelle, Swansea City’s Ashley Williams, Leicester duo Wes Morgan and Riyad Mahrez, and West Ham United’s Dimitri Payet.

It is the third time Kane has claimed the award, after winning it in January and February last year.

 

Culled from premierleague.com

Premier League: Arsenal, Man City Win Big As Spurs Draw

Premier LeagueHarry Kane’s 63rd minute equaliser for Premier League title contenders Tottenham Hotspurs against Liverpool rescued his team from defeat at Anfield and gave them a share of the spoils.

Elsewhere Super Eagles forward Alex Iwobi helped Arsenal beat Odion Ighalo’s Watford 4-0 at the Emirates.

The 19-year-old set up Alexis Sanchez for the gunners first in the 4th minute, before adding his second EPL strike in his second start on 38 minutes. Hector Bellerin and Theo Walcott scored Arsenal’s 3rd and 4th goals.

In other matches, Manchester City maintain 4th spot on the log with a 4-0 win over Bournemouth, while West Ham’s push for a top 4 finish was slowed by Crystal Palace in a 2-2 draw at the Boleyn ground.

Norwich City also edged Newcastle United 3-2 to boost their chances of avoiding relegation. Stoke City and Swansea City battled to a 2-2 draw, while Sunderland and West Brom played goalless.

In the day’s lunch-time kick-off, Alexandre Pato marked his Chelsea debut with a goal as the Barclays Premier League champions won 4-0 to leave Aston Villa on the brink of relegation.