Steven Caulker return unlikely, admits Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins
SWANSEA City chairman Huw Jenkins has admitted the club's chances of re-signing former loan star Steven Caulker are slim after the centre-back penned a new contract with Tottenham.
Caulker impressed during his season-long stay at the Liberty Stadium last term, and the Swans were understood to be considering a second loan bid.
But the 20-year-old yesterday signed a new four-year deal with Spurs and, with new manager Andre Villas-Boas reportedly keen to field a young side next season, Caulker could feature prominently at White Hart Lane. With Michael Laudrup replacing Brendan Rodgers as Swansea manager and Villas-Boas coming in for Harry Redknapp at Spurs, Jenkins is concerned managerial changes could scupper a South Wales return for Caulker.
"At this point I would say it's a bit of a long shot," said Jenkins.
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"With the changes at Tottenham and the changes we've had here ourselves, things move on.
"If things change at Tottenham we'll have a look at that, but I'm sure the new manager is going to come in and probably look at all their players.
"Steven had a big impact with us last year and in particular in the Premier League."
Meanwhile, four of Swansea's early-season league matches — including Rodgers's return to the Liberty — are to be televised after the first batch of live games in 2012-13 were announced.
The Swans' first home game of the season against West Ham on Saturday, August 25, has been moved forward to an earlier kick-off time of 12.45pm to be shown live on Sky.
Their third fixture at the Liberty, against Everton, will also start at 12.45pm on Saturday, September 22, and will again be on Sky.
Swansea's trip to champions Manchester City on Saturday, October 27, will be screened live on ESPN with a 5.30pm kick-off.
Former manager Rodgers will then bring his Liverpool team to the Liberty on Saturday, November 24, with Sky's coverage of the game moving the kick-off to 12.45pm.
The match could be switched again if Liverpool reach the Europa League group stage, with a 1.30pm kick-off on the Sunday pencilled in.
Swansea's home fixture with West Brom has been put back a day to Wednesday, November 24, to accommodate the Baggies' game against Sunderland on the Sunday. This encounter at the Liberty will not be televised.