Richmond Kickers play in division no. 3 in the Football structure in USA.
So, you would like to think they would not have Footballers of quality to beat or even make a Premiership side sweat too much.
Well, if that’s what you are thinking, then you should see the online streaming of the game they played against the visiting Swansea City yesterday because it would surprise you to say the least.
The Kickers never appeared weaker and in fact made the Swans look weaker with their pace and had the better of them by two goals to none, ending their tour, which was more than a week long, on a low.
Francesco Guidolin, however, played down Swansea’s poor performance saying the situation of the Kickers and Swansea is not the same. While, one is half way through the season, the other is coming off a break. Also, Swansea had a game a couple of days back. So, lower energy and pace in comparison to the Kickers was understandable.
English Premier League side, Swansea City, are reported to be set to decide on the future of the coach in the light of recent losses.
The club’s management are going to make a final decision on the future of Francesco Guidolin this week.
However, the coach oversaw an impressive win over West Ham at the weekend to push the Swans into mid-table and even open the door for a top 10 finish to a problematic campaign that has been previously besieged by relegation fears. His run of 24 points from 15 games since taking over in January has helped transform Swansea’s season and has certainly enhanced his chances of retaining his role beyond Sunday’s final game against Manchester City.
Even though Francesco Guidolin has only been in charge of Swansea City for around 4 months, the Italian manager is not expected to stick in the managerial position of the Premier League club for another season and rumors as well as speculation are surrounding the question as to who is going to be selected to replace Guidolin when the current season reaches its end.
One of the managers who has been linked most with the managerial role at the Liberty Stadium is Brendan Rodgers. After being sacked from coaching Liverpool back on October of 2015, Rodgers has not taken up another job and he is available.
Besides Brendan Rodgers, a few of the other managers that are contenders of replacing Francesco Guidolin at the end of the season are: Unai Emery and Roberto Di Matteo.
After winning three out of the last five matches in the league, Swansea City are determined to carry on the momentum in the next league match against Chelsea according to midfielder Jack Cork.
The match represents a game against his former club for the 26-year-old. He came through the ranks at Chelsea before being let go after being deemed not good enough for the top division. However, Cork has been an influential player at the likes of Southampton, Aston Villa, and now, Swansea. He is determined to prove that Chelsea were wrong in their judgement.
Manuel Pellegrini expressed his displeasure at some of the refereeing decisions in the recent 2-1 loss against Everton.
The two teams met each other in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final. Everton are determined to make up for the disappointments when it comes to cup competitions. They put in a determined display at Goodison Park to claim a 2-1 win. It puts them in pole position ahead of the return leg at the Etihad stadium. The prospect of a Merseyside Derby in the final of the competition has been enhanced after Liverpool beat Stoke City in the other semi-final.
Patrick Vieira reckons Garry Monk has it in him to be able to go on and get himself in the elite group of the Premier League managers.
Monk is presently in charge of Swansea City and in his very first season there, he guided the club to a top 10 finish.
In terms of the no. of points secured, it’s the best performance that Swansea was able to put up in the English top tier.
They ended up with 56 points in their kitty.
They beat a team like Manchester United, both home and away, in their campaign.
Vieira knows Monk quite well as both pursued the same management course and he is not surprised at all with the success the 36-year old Englishman has achieved straightaway.
According to Vieira, Monk has everything that one requires to make a mark as a manager and somewhere down the road; he will earn himself an opportunity to work with one of the biggest clubs.