Today marks the last day of my contribution as Swansea City manager in the #LetouChoose project, in partnership with Swansea’s shirt-sponsors Letou Sports.
It’s been a long and winding road to get to this point, most notably the FA Cup Final this past weekend where we narrowly lost on penalties to Stoke City after a 1 – 1 draw.
At this time I’ll have a look at the leagues, giving you one final update on how things shook out and who won the major honours. Let’s begin with Swansea ourselves.
Jordan Ayew did end the season in third place on the Premier League goalscorers list, only one behind Morata and three behind Harry Kane. Two Swansea players featured on the ‘Best At Hitting Target’ list, Jordan Ayew top with 64% while Wilfried Bony was third with 58%. Tammy Abraham was joint third on the assists chart with nine. Jordan also makes it onto the Average Rating statistics, his 7.40 beaten only by Eden Hazard’s 7.41.
In terms of our team performance, we ended the campaign second behind Liverpool for most goals and were the best in terms of hitting the target with 46%.
Club turnover was £160 million with bonus payments of £5.25m paid out to club directors. Having made a profit of £54.46 million, we have successfully complied with financial fair play regulations. We will, however, be hit with a tax bill of £7.25 million. Over the summer the Liberty Stadium will be increased by 50 (!) seats and we are apparently interested in signing Jefferson Lerma from Levante.
Managerial changes see Slaven Bilic return to English football with Burnley, Paulo Sousa takes over from Luciano Spalletti at my old job at Inter Milan and former Augsburg boss Dirk Schuster takes over at Gelsenkirchen (Schalke). Simone Inzaghi was sacked by Lazio and replaced by Ronald Koeman. Bruno Labbadia is the new man in at Stuttgart and Thomas Schaaf arrives in Mainz. Eddie Howe takes the Everton job while Fulham have gone for Alan Pardew, Alessandro Dal Canto is the new Bournemouth boss. Oscar Garcia of Saint-Etienne and De Zerbi of Benevento both quit their posts. Francis Gillot has moved from Auxerre to Saint-Etienne.
The Europa League was won by Marseille, overcoming Dynamo Kyiv 3 – 1 and Atletico Madrid defeated PSG in the Champions League final.
In the Sky Bet Championship, it was Aston Villa who joined Wolves and Sunderland in earning promotion to the Premier League, they put away Ipswich Town in the play-off final. The most competitive league in England was probably League One with Charlton Athletic and Fleetwood Town promoted automatically, while Wigan and Blackburn Rovers played out an entertaining play-off final with Rovers coming out on top.
Juventus retained their Serie A crown narrowly, only ending above AC Milan on goal difference. Benevento, Cagliari and Genoa were relegated to Serie B.
Over in Spain, Real Madrid dominated La Liga and won the title handsomely by eight points over their rivals Atletico. Barcelona were a poor third, some 14 points back on Real. Espanyol, Getafe and Alaves went down.
In France, Monaco ended PSG’s run of title triumphs by just three points over the Parisians. Lille, Troyes and Amiens tasted the disappointment of relegation.
Bayern Munich have six German Bundesliga titles now with a five-point cushion over second-placed Wolfsburg. Mainz and Stuttgart drop down to 2. Bundesliga.
Oh, one last thing. In the #LetouChoose universe, the World Cup final came down to Argentina vs. Portugal. Messi vs. Ronaldo. On this occasion, it was the Barcelona man who came out on top, his nation recording a 2 – 1 win in extra time. Imagine that and then imagine the ratings.
Thank you for coming along this journey with us, thank you to everybody who voted on something that affected the save, thank you to Chris Darwen and Stuart Reid, and to Letou for being such good sports.