Swansea have agreed terms with Ostersunds FK manager Graham Potter as their new boss, a deal which includes a compensation package, his current assistant Billy Reid, and recruitment guru Kyle Macaulay.
Graham Potter Swaps Ostersunds FK For Swansea City
Solihull-born Potter has been managing Ostersunds FK in Sweden since 2011. The 43-year-old will be replacing departed Carlos Carvalhal at the Liberty Stadium. Swansea will be hoping Potter can guide them back to the Premier League.
Potter has successfully lifted Osterlund from the lower tiers in Sweden to the top-flight Allsvenskan with three promotions. They also won the Swedish Cup under his command.
In addition to a new leader, there are several key areas that need to be addressed at Swansea. Even with the acquisition of Tammy Abraham, they have been converting few chances. Consequently, this helped lead them to relegation. This is an ongoing problem.
Aerial duels and defending counter-attacks have also been a weakness for the Swans. Their defence, equally shaky despite a brave effort to remain in the Premier League.
Furthermore, Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion have also gone down to the Championship. Stoke have appointed Gary Rowett as their new manager, whilst West Brom have handed Darren Moore a full-time position. This comes after Moore earned points against Manchester United, Spurs and Liverpool.
The Championship will be very competitive, thus former Ostersunds boss will have a difficult challenge at hand. Swans fans will take comfort in Potter’s past success.
What Should Swansea Expect?
The manager has made a name for himself by implementing progressive and unconventional coaching methods. He likes challenging players, taking them out of their comfort zones. In the past, he has encouraged his side to become involved with music and theatre productions.
A Graham Potter team is very flexible in how it’s set up. They usually dominate possession, but with an attacking style.
Swansea fans were used to watching to attacking football under both Brendan Rogers and Michael Laudrup. They will therefore be expecting more of the same. One thing fans should expect is change. Whether it will be a good change for the long-suffering Swans remains to be seen.
After witnessing the success story that played out in Sweden, the Swan’s following will be unsurprising optimistic.
Read the full statement from Swansea FC below.
We can confirm a compensation package has been finalised with @ofk_1996 for the services of Graham Potter.
? Full statement ⬇️https://t.co/x3Kr9faYWW
— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) June 4, 2018