Former Everton striker Landon Donovan has declared that he is currently working in an advisory role at Swansea City.
The 34-year old, who scored 57 goals in 157 appearances for his country, has been brought to Swansea by the club’s new American owners Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien.
The former USA international revealed he had a talk with the new owners earlier this summer ahead of their takeover of the club.
“The new owners met with me a few months back and said this is likely going to happen and admitted that they didn’t know a lot about football,” the American told NBC Sports. “They said ‘we know that you know the game and you’re passionate about it, you played at Everton, spent time in world football and sort of understand it a little better, would you be willing to help us, advise us and consult with us on certain things?’ I responded yeah, that would be great and that’s something I am certainly open to.
“I made it clear from the very beginning that this isn’t going to be a situation where I am going to be in there telling them what players to sign. They have a chairman there in Huw Jenkins who has been arguably as valuable to a team as anybody in the Premier League. He has brought them from the lower leagues in England all the way to the Premier League”
The 34-year old remained tight-lipped over the specifics of his major role with Swansea but admitted he holds no influence over the club’s transfer policy this summer.
Swansea City are the latest in a number of Premier League clubs to be taken over by Americans and Donovan believes his compatriots have not always understood the implications of buying a football club in England.