BBC Sport
Skip to main contentAccess keys helpA-Z index

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
| Help

Last Updated: Friday, 24 October, 2003, 10:26 GMT 11:26 UK
Swans bag Man Utd duo
Daniel Nardiello
Wales manager Mark Hughes is a fan of Daniel Nardiello
Swansea City boss Brian Flynn has turned to his friendship with Sir Alex Ferguson to ease the injury crisis at the Vetch.

The Manchester United manager has agreed to release striker Daniel Nardiello and defender Alan Tate for one month loan spells with Swansea.

Both will go straight into the squad for Saturday's Division Three match at Rochdale.

Tate impressed in the 27 games he played for Swansea last season, and Flynn believes Nardiello is the man to solve his side's problems in front of goal.

Swansea have failed to score in their last two matches, and will be without top scorer Lee Trundle for at least six weeks.

"I felt we needed a striker and I'm delighted that Daniel has agreed to sign for us," Flynn told BBC Sport.

"He's an out and out goalscorer, he's quick and direct. He's scored 12 goals for Manchester United reserves already this season.

"He's coming to us to gain Football League experience and I know if we can give him the chances he will score goals."

Nardiello, although born in England, also qualifies to play for Wales through his Welsh father and former international Donato.

Wales manager Mark Hughes has already tried to tempt the 21-year-old to commit to the Welsh cause, and Flynn says he will also do his bit.

I'm certain both players will do well for us
Swansea City director of football Brian Flynn
"I'll be trying to push him towards playing for Wales now," Flynn added. "I met his father last night, who I played with him back in the late 70s."

"If we can influence Daniel in his decision to select a country then we'll do our best."

This is not the first time Ferguson has been happy to entrust Flynn with some of his most promising young players.

Their friendship and mutual admiration can be traced back to the Flynn's managerial days at Wrexham when Ferguson's son, Darren, joined the Racecourse club.

Flynn's teams have historically been admired for their attractive style of football, and Ferguson knows his players will not pick up any bad habits under Flynn's guidance.

Said Flynn: "Sir Alex knows if the players come to us they will hopefully go back to Manchester improved players.

"They'll gain experience playing in the Football League and so that's why I think the relationship is so strong."

He added: "Their is an option to extend the initial loan period with both players and I'd be delighted if we could do that because I'm certain both players will do well for us."


E-mail services | Sport on mobiles/PDAs


Back to top

Sport Homepage | Football | Cricket | Rugby Union | Rugby League | Tennis | Golf | Motorsport | Boxing | Athletics | Snooker | Horse Racing | Cycling | Disability sport | Olympics 2012 | Sport Relief | Other sport...

BBC Sport Academy >> | BBC News >> | BBC Weather >>
About the BBC | News sources | Privacy & Cookies Policy | Contact us
banner watch listen bbc sport