DONOVAN READY TO STEP UP TO SWANSEA DILEMMA
Former United States international Landon Donovan joined Swansea City this summer in an advisory role to contribute his wealth of experiences especially with his Premier League understanding playing for Everton.
The 34-year old is set to step up to the season which promises to be very exciting yet with special challenges for Swansea City.
Donovan retired from professional football, ending his time with Major League Soccer outfit LA Galaxy in 2014. He joined Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien in advisory role as the new owners consulted with him before taking over the Premier League club in June.
“The new owners met with me a few months back and said this is likely going to happen and admitted that they didn’t know a lot about football. [They said] ‘We know that you know the game and you’re passionate about it, you played at Everton, spent time in world football and sort of understand it a little better, would you be willing to help us, advise us and consult with us on certain things?’ I said yeah, that would be great and that’s something I am certainly open to,” Donovan told the NBC Sports about his new role.
Donovan was busy all summer as he was a major Sports commentator in the FOX Sports’ coverage of the Copa America. His country was competing and the event was hosted on his native country. The Guardian recently named him as the best American footballer of all time. Donovan said his role would be more of behind the scenes for the new owners, and that the chairman Huw Jenkins doesn’t require help having built his team from scratch. Swansea lost players during the break, but they hope to end up in the top half of the table despite the competition and possibly win a title, making it a challenging season for teh club.