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Chairman Huw Jenkins plays down Paulo Sousa's outburst

Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins
Jenkins appointed Sousa after the departure of Roberto Martinez

Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins says manager Paulo Sousa's outburst after Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Bristol City was down to his passion and emotion.

Sousa suggested the Swans alarming dip in form that has threatened their play-off hopes could have been prevented had players been brought in last month.

The Swans are sixth, two points ahead of Blackpool who are outside the play-offs, but have won just once in eight.

"It doesn't disappoint me," Jenkins told BBC Sport Wales.

"It would disappoint me more if I had a manager without his passion and emotion towards us and the football club.

"That's why he's been such a great success here - he's got that passion and emotion.

"I fully understand his perhaps frustration at times because he wants to be the best and win every game, and we all want that."

Swansea recovered from a slow start to the season and embarked on an 11-match unbeaten run which helped them to push towards the Championship play-offs.

They have been in the top six since December and started March with an eight-point gap over the chasing pack, but that lead, not helped by a midfield injury crisis, has now been cut to just two points with three games to go.

It prompted Sousa to say after the Bristol City defeat: "We could have done more if we were prepared at the beginning of March but things didn't come like I expected and I would like.


"I've said three or four times already with the injuries we had, we needed to have some cover straight away because in that moment, we were in a good moment and we could have got the results."

But Jenkins insisted the club would continue to work within its means and the biggest problem is players being available at the right time.

Regardless of what happens between now and the end of the season, Jenkins is proud of what has been achieved since the departure of manager Roberto Martinez, his backroom staff and top scorer Jason Scotland to Wigan Athletic last summer.

"Our destiny is in our own hands," he said. "We are about to embark on the most important three games in the club's recent history.

"At the start of the season, with what went on with our club in the summer, I'm delighted we are where we are and it's fingers crossed for the next three games.

"Month on month since the season started, we've improved and without doubt the season has been in my eyes nothing short of a miracle with what we've achieved as a club and group of players."

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