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Ahead of Saturday's clash with Newcastle United at the Sports Direct Arena, the striker has hailed the Northern Irishman's training methods and man-management skills

Swansea City striker Danny Graham has hailed manager Brendan Rodgers ahead of his side’s clash with Newcastle United on Saturday.

The Northern Irish boss, who signed Graham for both Watford and the Swans, won promotion to the Premier League in his first season in charge at the Liberty Stadium last term, and has since guided them to 11th in the table after 15 matches.

Graham has been impressed by the 38-year-old’s man-management skills and hopes he can repay the faith his boss has shown in him.

“You want a manager you can talk to and you can go to and have a conversation about, and his man-management skills, if you’re not on the team, he’ll tell you the reason why,” Graham told Absolute Radio.

“He’s just very thorough in what he does and the training is superb and it’s all football-related. So he’s got a lot of good qualities and I’m sure he can go on and be a very successful manager.”

He added: “Everyone says I was with him at Watford, he was the one who put the players in, the deal in place to sign me at Watford and then he went to Reading, so I didn’t actually get the chance to work with him there.

“But he’s tried to sign me on a number of occasions, which proves he has faith in my ability, in what I can do on a football pitch, and it’s up to me now and working with him to prove him right and pay back all the loyalty he’s shown in how many times he’s come to sign me.”

The Gateshead-born striker grew up supporting Saturday’s opponents Newcastle, but insists he will not allow his allegiances to get in the way as he looks to add to his five Premier League goals this season.

Graham said: “Obviously I’m a Newcastle fan, first and foremost, I’m not going to lie about that, but come 3 o’clock, if selected, even if not selected, that all goes out the window. I’m a Swansea fan looking to get three points and come home happy.”

Listen to Newcastle vs Swansea this Saturday 16th December on Rock ‘N’ Roll Football only on Absolute Radio extra - on DAB Digital Radio, 1215AM and online in the UK from 1.30pm. Tune in for the full Danny Graham interview. For more go to www.absoluteradio.co.uk/football

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