New Swansea shareholders outline plans for the club

Andre Ayew celebrates after scoring the first goal for Swansea

Stephen Kaplan and Jason Levien were today unveiled as Swansea's new major shareholders

Andre Ayew celebrates after scoring the first goal for SwanseaIt's all change at the top at Swansea City 

Swansea City's new major shareholders have emphasised their determination to establish the Swans as long term competitive fixtures in the Premier League for a long time to come, saying in a statement released on the club's official website that it is their 'priority number one, two and three.'

American investors Stephen Kaplan and Jason Levien were revealed to have completed their £100 million takeover of the club, however, they were forced to suspend an expected unveiling Press Conference due to a legal dispute, as per Wales Online.

The new majority shareholders' arrival will see many of the board members who help to save the club back in 2002 part company with the club, however crucially, the Supporter's Trust still maintains its 21% stake in the club.

Swansea manager Francesco GuidolinThe new shareholders could inject new investment for manager Guidolin

The importance of the community and the fans was outlined in the statement given by the two American businessmen, who are keen to show that they see their roles as 'guardians' of a club that belongs to its supporters.

"We recognise this club means so much to so many people and we take the responsibility as owners very seriously," the statement reads.

"While we plan on being long-term owners we know the team belongs to the community. In essence, we see ourselves as guardians of the club but it belongs to the fans of Swansea City.

Wayne Routledge scores the first goal for SwanseaThe owners want to keep Swansea has an important fixture in the Premier League

"One thing we want to be clear about is our priorities as owners.

"Priority number one, two and three is the performance of the team on the pitch. We will field a competitive team that will battle every week against the greatest teams and players in the world.

"It is our intent and goal to be a long-term fixture in the Premier League that competes on a consistent basis with some of the finest teams in the world.

"We think it's important to acknowledge and show our respect to all those original shareholders who helped rescue the club and invested in their community, not to make a quick return, but to save something they loved, something that was so important to Swansea."

Andre Ayew scores the first goal for SwanseaAndre Ayew scores for Swansea

The new key figures on the boardroom at the Liberty certainly do have experience of running major sports sides,hom with Levien already the Managing General Owner at Major League Soccer outfit DC United, whilst Kaplan is a shareholder in NBA franchise Memphis Grizzlies.

Whilst some will leave the boardroom, Chairman Huw Jenkins will remain at the club following the conclusion of the takeover deal, as well as Leigh Dineen.

Today's postponed press conference will be held tomorrow instead.

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