Swansea City headlines as Leon Britton looks forward to new role and p…

Here’s your round-up of all the latest Swansea City headlines for Tuesday, October 12.

Britton itching to the pull Swans shirt on again

Leon Britton admits he can’t wait to pull on the Swansea shirt again, after completing a return to the club this week.

The 39-year-old is back at SA1 after stepping down from his role as sporting director back in June 2020, and will take on a player mentor role within the Swans’ highly-respected academy set-up.

As part of his role, Britton will already be obtainable to play for the under-23s, with the idea being he will be able to offer on-pitch guidance to some of the club’s rising young stars.

Speaking about his return, Britton said: “I had so many experiences – good and bad – throughout my career, and I think it’s a perfect opportunity for me to pass on my knowledge and help nurture these young players. It would have been a really big shame if all of that knowledge wasn’t put to good use.

“There is only one club I want to do that at, and that’s Swansea City.

“I’m someone who has lived and breathed this football club for 18 years or so, and I feel I can give a lot more to Swansea City in this new role.”

Britton has been plying his trade for JD Cymru South side Ammanford AFC recently, and admits he cannot wait to pull on a Swans shirt again, albeit in a rather different setting.

“Pulling on the shirt with the Swansea City crest on it was something I never thought I’d get to experience again, but I get a huge buzz just thinking of it.

“The new role is not so much about playing lots of games, but it nevertheless method a lot to me to play in a Swansea City shirt again. I’m not sure how much I’ll play, but I am looking forward to it.

“I’ve got my shirt from the Stoke City game framed in my house – I thought that was the final time I’d play for the Swans again. I’m not sure when I’ll be ready to play in games, but it will be great to be on the pitch seeing how the lads think and play. It will give me a different insight into their game as opposed to working with them in training.

“It will be another opportunity for me to understand them more, whilst at the same time I can pass on my wisdom and help nurture them.”

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Linington in the middle for derby day

Championship referee James Linington will take charge of Sunday’s derby between Swansea and Cardiff.

Swansea have won four of their 11 matches with Linington as referee, with their most recent clash being the 3-0 defeat at the hands of Bournemouth last season.

Linington, who is from the Isle of Wight, will be assisted by Rob Smith and Nigel Lugg whilst the fourth official is Darren Drysdale.

Routledge reminisces on derby day success

Wayne Routledge has called time on his specialized career.

The former winger made over 300 appearances for the Swans, and hangs up his boots as a fully-fledged hero with members of the Jack Army.

Routledge netted some 33 goals for the Swans during his career, one of which helped them to one of their finest hours on derby day.

Reminiscing on that day back in 2014, the 36-year-old insists the Swans were always confident of overcoming their most bitter rivals.

He told the club’s official website: “We were going by a bit of a rough patch and things weren’t going great at that time. We didn’t have a great consequence at their place and then we came back here and we knew, sometimes you just know.

“As soon as Pablo put the ball by to me and it went in, I think you can see not only just my emotions but the whole stadium was just incredible.

“From there it was only going to go one way, it was going to be a barrage of us banging down the door and then clearly Nath scores and Bony scores and it was carnage. It was another great day.”

Pundit sends warning to Mick ahead of derby day

Swansea could put Mick McCarthy out of a job at Cardiff with victory on Sunday.

That’s the view of pundit Jobi McAnuff, who believes defeat on derby day could be the final straw for the Bluebirds board on the back of a hugely disappointing run under the Yorkshireman.

Cardiff travel to the Swansea.com Stadium on a wretched run of form, having lost seven of their last eight games in all competitions, and defeat to the Swans could well prove enough to seal his fate.

Speaking on the latest episode of the Sky Sports EFL Podcast about McCarthy, McAnuff said: “I think a bad performance and a bad consequence [against Swansea], you are going to have to be thinking that he is in big, big, trouble.

“I think the character of the game anyway, it doesn’t need much bigging up, it’s a enormous, enormous event.

“I think certainly from Cardiff’s point of view they certainly didn’t envisage seeing themselves in this position at this stage of the season given the optimism after Mick McCarthy first came in last year.

“I certainly had them as a team who were maybe one of the outsiders for the promotion tilt this year so I have been really surprised to see where they are and I think it’s a game they certainly can’t provide to lose and I think if they don’t win it he could be in big, big trouble.”

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