, ‘He needs time’ – EFL pundit sends clear message over Luke Williams’ Swansea City tenure

‘He needs time’ – EFL pundit sends clear message over Luke Williams’ Swansea City tenure

Swansea City boss Luke Williams has been backed to succeed in South Wales by Adam Virgo, but the pundit stressed he needs time at the club.

Swansea City named Williams as their new boss in January. He came in as the permanent replacement for previous incumbent Michael Duff following an caretaker stint for Alan Sheehan.

It’s been far from plain sailing for the Swans this season and there have been tough moments in Williams’ tenure too. They were struggling to put distance between themselves and the Championship relegation zone in the early stages, leading to doubts over whether or not he was the man to turn their campaign around.

However, three wins and a draw over the last five league games has lifted Swansea City to 15th in the Championship table. Seven points now separate them and the bottom three.

The last win over vicious rivals Cardiff City has helped further endear Williams to his supporters. Now, he’s earned the backing of EFL pundit Adam Virgo.

Writing in his column for the Football League Paper (24.03.24, page 13), Virgo said that while the 42-year-old isn’t a manager to come in and instantly turn things around, he backed him to embed a culture that the South Welsh side can really build on over time. Virgo said:

“He’s not a Neil Warnock, who can walk into a club and instantly get results. He needs time to create a culture, get his messages across and build a playing squad to play the way he wants.

“Time isn’t something you tend to get in the Championship, so I did worry for him. When you get nasty defeats against Southampton and Leicester, then you get done 4-0 at home to Leeds, it’s like ‘Oh god, here we go.’

“But it’s coming. You can see what he’s trying to do, on and off the ball. The final product will look very similar to the way Swansea played under Russell Martin, but it’s square pegs in round holes at the moment.

“I remember when I was at Brighton and Gus Poyet came in. I could see what he was trying to implement and I could sense that the whole club was behind him. I pretty much knew I didn’t fit the blueprint, and there will be players on the pitch for Swansea now who know they won’t be there next year.

“That’s why you can’t really judge Luke now. He needs time. He needs to bring in his own players who know what’s expected and are fully committed.

“Come next season I think you’ll see a very different Swansea side who are looking up the table rather than down.”

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, ‘He needs time’ – EFL pundit sends clear message over Luke Williams’ Swansea City tenure

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Building for the long-term

Those at former club Notts County will have told Swansea City fans all about how Williams can embed a philosophy and build a culture at a football club. He ultimately left the League Two side, but he laid foundations for Stuart Maynard to try and build on at Meadow Lane.

Williams is looking to do the same thing with the Swans. It’s clear to see how invested he is in his efforts to do so too.

After previous boss Duff played down the importance of the South Wales derby’s outcome, the current Swansea City manager did the exact opposite. Footage emerged of Williams bringing the club chef and lifelong supporter Chris Watkins into the dressing room to give a pre-game pep talk and afterwards, Williams was spotted out and about celebrating the victory with supporters.

It’s those things that will help unify Swansea once more. As highlighted by Virgo, former manager Martin was able to do a similar thing, bringing the club together while off-pitch problems persisted.

If Williams can do the same and produce results and improvements on the field, he’ll only endear himself to the faithful support even more.

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