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Swansea want to increase Liberty Stadium to 32,000

Swansea want to increase stadium to 32,000 after League Cup success

By
Andrew Gwilym, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

11:15 GMT, 2 March 2013

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UPDATED:

11:49 GMT, 2 March 2013

Swansea are set to submit a planning application to expand the Liberty Stadium in the wake of their Capital One Cup success.

Chairman Huw Jenkins has previously spoken of his desire to add extra seating to the council-owned ground in order to meet demand for tickets for home games, providing the club are able to retain their Premier League status.

Swansea regularly sell-out games at their 20,500 capacity home and are eager to bring in extra revenue, with the club enjoying the greatest success of its 101-year history.

Expansion plans: Swansea City want to increase the size of the Liberty Stadium

Expansion plans: Swansea City want to increase the size of the Liberty Stadium

There are plans to increase the capacity of the stadium to a maximum of 32,000, with the club taking a piecemeal approach to the work.

The number of seats is set to rise to 22,000 during the summer, and they hope an additional 5,000 will be added in time for the start of the 2014-15 campaign.

But Jenkins is adamant the club will only press ahead with the expansion if it is deemed the right financial decision.

Capital gains: Swansea won their first trophy in their history

Capital gains: Swansea won their first trophy in their history

Jenkins said: 'We will have a full
planning application in for the end of March and once that is passed we
will do part of the work towards the end of next season, starting with
the East Stand.

'Once we get that moving we will go from there, but it all runs parallel to us still being in the Premier League and it being right for the club.

'If and when the final stage is complete, the capacity will be 32,000.

Silver lining: Michael Laudrup earned his first trophy at Swansea after just eight months

Silver lining: Michael Laudrup earned his first trophy at Swansea after just eight months

Plans to grow: Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins wants a larger capacity ground

Plans to grow: Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins wants a larger capacity ground

'The first part will take the figure to 22,000 this summer, and then it will be 27,000 with the first stage of development of the East Stand, which will start near the end of next season and run through the summer.

'We have to make sure we do it right but it will be led by how well we do on the field.'

But Jenkins does not believe it would be in the club's best interests to attempt to buy the ground outright.

He said: 'I don't see any benefit in us owning the stadium.

'The relationship with the council is a good one for the council and the city itself, and it is right for us as a club.

'It provides stability as it keeps away potential owners you do not want around the place, and that is a great thing for us.'

Debt-free Swansea recorded a 14.6million profit for their opening season in the Premier League.

The club are also developing two training grounds after previously having to use public facilities.

Work near the Liberty Stadium at Landore is set to be completed in the coming weeks, while a state-of-the-art facility is also being developed in conjunction with the city's university.

Michel Vorm to sign new Swansea City contract

Vorm again: Swansea set to tie down Dutch keeper to new four-year deal

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UPDATED:

08:48 GMT, 20 September 2012

New deal: Swansea keeper Michel Vorm

New deal: Swansea keeper Michel Vorm

Holland international goalkeeper Michel Vorm is set to end speculation over his future by committing to a new four-year contract at Swansea.

Vorm, 28, was voted the club's player of the year in May after his first season in the south Wales and has been attracting interest from Liverpool – who are managed by former Swans boss Brendan Rodgers.

But, according to Wales Online, Vorm will sign a new deal in the coming days after chairman Huw Jenkins confirmed that talks with the player had progressed well.

Vorm, a 1.5million signing from Utrecht last summer, currently has a contract running until 2014.

Swansea are also hoping to commit Welsh international defenders Ashley Williams and Neil Taylor to new deals in the near future.

Swansea agree 5.5m fee for Pablo Hernandez with Valencia

Swansea agree 5.5m fee for instant Sinclair replacement in Spanish winger Hernandez

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UPDATED:

10:09 GMT, 30 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Swansea have confirmed a fee has been agreed with Valencia for Spain international Pablo Hernandez.

Chairman Huw Jenkins has chased the winger, 27, for much of the summer, but had grown exasperated with Valencia’s rising valuation of a player that is understood to be keen to link up with Swansea manager Michael Laudrup.

As recently as Wednesday afternoon Swansea were believed to be on the verge of pulling out of the deal after a second bid, meeting Valencia’s 5.1m asking price, was rejected.

Close: Swansea's offer for Pablo Hernandez has been accepted

Close: Swansea's offer for Pablo Hernandez has been accepted

That offer followed an attempt to land
Hernandez for 4m earlier in the month, but Jenkins finally got his man
with a final offer late on Wednesday evening that is believed to worth
5.5m.

Swansea confirmed to Sportsmail on
Thursday morning that a fee has been agreed with the player expected in
south Wales in the next 24 hours to complete a medical ahead of signing
a three-year contract.

Hernandez, who has been capped four times by Spain, will be a direct replacement for Manchester City-bound Scott Sinclair.

Scott Sinclair Swansea future uncertain over contract stall

Sign up or leave! Swansea offer winger Sinclair ultimatum over new contract

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UPDATED:

15:22 GMT, 25 June 2012

Ultimatum: Scott Sinclair

Ultimatum: Scott Sinclair

Scott Sinclair has been warned to sign a new contract at Swansea or risk being sold.

The 6million-rated winger has only 14 months left on his deal and is expected to resume talks over a new contract in the next two weeks.

Sinclair has stalled the process in the wake of Brendan Rodgers’ departure to Liverpool, but chairman Huw Jenkins has told the 23-year-old there will be a limit to the club’s patience as they look to avoid a scenario where he could leave for nothing.

‘At this level of football and with the transfer money which could come in with players leaving in the final year of their contract, we wouldn’t want to go down that route again of allowing a player to let his contract run out again,’ Jenkins said.

‘The times have gone where we can leave a player go into the last year of his contract because the values of (transfer) fees are far greater than they were when we made those decisions years ago.’

He added: ‘Perhaps we did make those decisions on players who weren’t first-team regulars at the time.

‘But with Scott being a first-team regular we need a decision one way or the other as soon as possible so the manager can be clear in his mind on where the team goes and make sure the squad is right for August.’

Swansea offered Gylfi Sigurdsson hope despite Liverpool interest

Swansea offered Sigurdsson hope despite Liverpool interest

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UPDATED:

06:06 GMT, 13 June 2012

Hoffenheim midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson will hold talks with Swansea before deciding his next move.

The Iceland international was poised to make a 6.8m move to the Lberty Stadium after a successful loan spell.

Offer: Iceland's Gylfi Sigurdsson (left)

Offer: Iceland's Gylfi Sigurdsson (left)

But the deal was put on ice after manager Brendan Rodgers left the Welsh side to take over at Liverpool.

Sigurdsson has made no secret of his desire to follow Rodgers to Anfield but he has now offered to meet with Swansea's new manager to explain his decision, reports the Daily Mirror.

Swans chairman Huw Jenkins has been busy looking for Rodgers' replacement and is expected to unveil a new manager in the next few days, with former Denmark star Michael Laudrup in ther frame.

Swansea admit they could lose Brendan Rodgers

Flying the nest Swans admit they could lose hot property Rodgers

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UPDATED:

21:34 GMT, 2 April 2012


Good show: Brendan Rodgers has impressed as Swansea manager

Good show: Brendan Rodgers has impressed as Swansea manager

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has vowed to fight to keep Brendan Rodgers in South Wales, but admitted he will be virtually powerless to stop one of management’s emerging stars from leaving this summer if his heart is set on a move.

The 39-year-old has been linked with Chelsea and Tottenham in recent weeks and fanned reports of a summer departure by claiming that he is ‘ready’ for the challenge of a big club.

He balanced that declaration by reasserting his commitment to Swansea, where he signed a new three-and-a-half-year deal in February, but his comments will have been especially interesting to Tottenham, who are understood to see the Northern Irishman as an exciting replacement should Harry Redknapp leave for England.

Asked if he believed Rodgers (right) would be in charge next season, Jenkins said: ‘I can’t give a definitive answer on that.’

Any move will have to take into account the compensation clause in Rodgers’ contract, thought to be worth as much as 5million, but Jenkins is also willing to dig deep to keep Jose Mourinho’s protege at the Liberty Stadium.

‘It’s what happens when you do well — players get recognition, managers get recognition,’ said Jenkins. ‘Speculation is part of football. I can’t predict the future but we will do all we can to keep our manager and players at Swansea.’

Jenkins added: ‘If there is an approach then I will sit down with Brendan and explain as well as I can why he should stay. As a club we can take the dream further. Brendan and the players have had a lot of credit and they deserve it, but I will be doing what I can to ensure no-one leaves.

‘The only thing that changes that is not an approach, it is if one of the players or Brendan come to me and say they no longer wish to be here. That’s a different scenario.’

Ride to the top: Rodgers could take over a side in the upper echelons of the Premier League

Ride to the top: Rodgers could take over a side in the upper echelons of the Premier League

That final point is key. Rodgers regularly credits Jenkins for saving his career, recalling how the Swansea businessman gave him a chance to return to management after he was sacked by Reading in 2009.

But the former Chelsea academy boss has also made no secret of his ambition to ultimately join a club capable of challenging for trophies and could view Tottenham, with their preference for stylish football, as the perfect step up.

Jenkins said: ‘I have experienced this before when Roberto Martinez left (for Wigan). He is a young man and I understand that if offers materialise he will ask himself questions about next season, can we compete

‘I am probably one of the best people that can talk it through with him should that discussion happen. I know Brendan is very happy here but I also know that if an approach comes, then I will fight to keep him.’