Alright it’s an unimaginative headline but who cares? It is, as they say, a FACT and that’s all that counts!
Palace’s thumping 4-0 win over Hull has confirmed not only their place in next year’s Premier League but ours too!
It marks an unbelievable turnaround in fortunes for a Swansea City side bottom and cut well adrift at the turn of the year. Paul Clement’s arrival brought an immediate upturn in form that saw us rise five points clear, then a desperate dip put us back where we started in the relegation zone only for Clement and his side to find a second wind.
Our attitude, character and performance levels have been simply superb over the last four games and that has been enough to earn the outcome of staying up.
I take my hat off to Paul Clement and his players and thank them from the bottom of my heart for keeping Swansea City in the Premier League.
It’s not just about the football; to be honest I could get as much joy out of watching Burton or Birmingham as Chelsea and Manchester United as long as I’m watching the Swans. But it is very much about the influence the Premier League has on the health of the club AND the economic effect on our community. The Premier League is worth an estimated £50-60 MILLION to our local economy and for that reason alone I was desperate to see us stay up.
Of course, it must be remembered that we’ve dodged a bullet for the second season running now. And it doesn’t mask the chronic problems we still face within the club, problems that will have to be addressed in probably quite bloody fashion over the summer. But all that is for another day. Today is about basking in the relief over staying up.
What everyone connected at the club now has to do is ensure we NEVER experience a season quite like this wretched one again.
That isn’t saying we resolve never to be in a Premier League relegation fight again. That’s totally unrealistic for a club of our size, with our resources. It means that we never go through the shambolic on and off the pitch shenanigans that a made mockery of the way we behaved to make our way up the leagues in the first place.
That, however, can keep until after the West Brom game. The nervous edge has been taken out of that fixture now and I for one fully intend to sit back and enjoy that match and pay tribute to Paul Clement, a man that has brought stability and credibility back to our club at just the right time. Everything else can wait until the summer.
Until then, let’s all just enjoy the cast iron fact that…
…the jacks are staying UP!