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Sousa confirmed as new Swans boss


Sousa unveiled as Swansea boss

Paulo Sousa has been unveiled as Swansea City's new manager.

The two-time Champions League winner flew back to Wales on Monday after discussing the situation with his family in his native Portugal.

The former Queens Park Rangers boss signed a three-year deal to become Roberto Martinez's successor.

"The club needs to be above everyone - the individuals, players, staff, the manager, everyone," he said. "This is our target. This is our philosophy."

He added: "What I expect is the same commitment from everyone, the same quality from everyone and more than this, the will to keep fighting for the club.

Paulo Sousa
What I expect is the same commitment from everyone, the same quality from everyone and more than this, the will to keep fighting. for the club

Swansea City manager Paulo Sousa

"Together with the fans we can build a strong club, a strong city to be on the map not only in Wales and England, but everywhere."

Sousa is expected to name Bruno Oliveira as his assistant as well as adding a Spaniard and an Australian to his backroom team.

The 38-year-old is Swansea's 12th manager in 14 years after verbally accepting the job last Thursday.

The 51-times capped Portugal international has been out of work since April after his controversial departure from QPR following just five months and 26 games in charge at Loftus Road.

The midfielder, who graduated through the Benfica academy, played for some of the biggest clubs in Europe including Sporting Lisbon, Juventus, Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan and Parma.

He was in the Juventus team that beat Dutch giants Ajax on penalties in Rome in 1996 before moving to Germany and winning the trophy with Borussia Dortmund who beat his old club Juventus in Munich.

Sousa's coaching break came on the international stage as he took charge of Portugal's under-15 team before being appointed assistant to Portugal's first-team coach Carlos Queiroz in 2008.

Sousa's first managerial job was as boss of Championship rivals Queens Park Rangers but parted company when the club claimed he divulged sensitive information.

He beat off competition from former Tottenham assistant manager Gus Poyet, former Wales captain and Sheffield United player coach Gary Speed and ex-Watford boss Aidy Boothroyd.

And he knows he has big shoes to fill.

"Roberto has done a great job and has now got his own promotion," said Sousa.

"But I have my own convictions. We will work hard to be bigger as a club and a city.

"I feel the club has solid foundations and is working hard not to make mistakes.

"We have built some ideas for this project and I believe together with all this commitment, will and knowledge, we can achieve our targets."

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