He racked up 536 appearances over 16 years in South Wales, after joining the Jacks in 2002.
"I want to give something back to the club after I finish playing, maybe using my knowledge in some way".
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Swansea's problems, however, extend way beyond the manager.
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"If you look at the worst team in Premier League history it was Derby County in 2007-08 who scored 20 goals, but this Swansea side has only scored seven more goals". "I think the club will go from strength to strength, they've got a great infrastructure".
Southampton had ended up staying 35 miles away at the Vale of Glamorgan resort - an hour away in M4 rush hour traffic - after their block booking in Swansea city centre was cancelled because of a "virus" at the Marriott Hotel. "If I am being honest, it's been hard this year and my body is telling me to stop".
"The base for me in the future will always be Swansea".
"Angel will not be in the beginning".
The Welshman is now hoping they can carry that intensity and desire into their final game of the season, at home to champions Manchester City, live on Sky Sports Mix as part of a triple bill on Sunday.
Such form has left them all-but relegated going into the final day and the Swans are staring down the barrel of Championship football for the first time since 2011.