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Reaction to Huw Jenkins resignation as Swansea City Chairman

Huw Jenkins has resigned as Chairman of Swansea City

Jenkins stepped down last night, issuing emotional statement

Huw Jenkins has stepped down as chairman of Swansea City.

He'd been criticised by some supporters since a takeover of the club by American pair Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan, and relegation to the Championship last season. 

Jenkins issued an emotive statement last night on the decision.

Jenkins had been in the role since 2002 but said he felt as though he'd "been left with little or no option but to leave my position".

During his time in the post, Swansea relocated from the Vetch Field to the Liberty Stadium; advanced through the divisions before spending seven seasons in the Premier League and won the League Cup in 2013.

Jenkins worked alongside managers who have also gone on to achieve success elsewhere, including current Belgium boss Roberto Martinez, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers and Michael Laudrup.

But the Swans were relegated to the Sky Bet Championship at the end of last season and now sit 13th in the table, six points off the play-off places, after last night's 2-0 defeat by Bristol City.

His statement read:

"It comes with great sadness but I feel I've been left with little or no option to leave my position. Swansea City has been a massive part of my life from a very young age," Jenkins said in a statement.

"I have been very fortunate to fulfil my childhood dreams over the last 17 years or so providing direction and leadership at the club whilst moving through the football leagues and competing with the elite of British football in the Premier league for seven seasons.

"Gradually over the last few seasons my role as chairman providing such leadership and direction has been eroded away.

"Finally, I can sit back no longer and hide behind my position and stay true to myself and my beliefs.

"To have led our football club through the greatest period in the club's history has been a fantastic experience. The atmosphere that we created within the club was without a doubt one of the key factors to our success over many years.

"The directors and staff that worked with me over the last 17 years supported me with total trust and loyalty and we all shared a true Love for Swansea City and we operated like true supporters to run the club from top to bottom.

Reaction from fans has been mixed. Jenkins had been criticised by some for agreeing to the takeover by American hedge fund managers, while others applauded his past efforts and expressed concern that the decision had been made by the club because of the eleventh hour blocking of the Daniel James transfer.

A statement from the Club has been criticised by some fans:

 

 


 

It read:

"Everybody connected with the club appreciates what Huw has done for the club over the past 17 years. His part alongside the Supporters Trust and others in saving Swansea when the very real threat of extinction loomed will never be forgotten. Guiding the club to the Premier League and all the subsequent success enjoyed by the supporters was a huge achievement and there can be no doubting his passion and devotion to the club he has supported from childhood.

However, it has reached a stage where the way Swansea City has been run on a day-to-day basis has to change.

There can be no disguising the fact recruitment has been extremely disappointing for the past several transfer windows. It has left the club in a weakened position where strong action had to be taken to rectify the situation."

The statement alluded to the recruitment of players to Graham Potter's squad and a successor:

"Hopefully this is an opportunity for a new chapter in the club’s development. It is an opportunity to rejuvenate, to bring in fresh methods of working and move forward with a strong decision-making process.

The search has begun for a leader of football operations who will work closely with the senior management team and Graham Potter and his backroom staff. This will be a team effort, using the undoubted skill sets needed to run a modern and functioning football club.

That search will be conducted in close co-ordination with the Trust, who have made clear their belief the club needed to change the way it operated specifically in terms of recruitment.

The club hope to make a swift appointment and will update supporters on the progress when there is more news."

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