Swansea City have confirmed the appointment of Russell Martin as the replacement to Steve Cooper. Martin, who has signed a three-year contract, departs League One side MK Dons, who have already started their season after a 5-0 defeat to Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup.
Russell Martin Joins Swansea City
Swansea City is delighted to confirm the appointment of Russell Martin as the club’s new head coach.
⚪️ #CroesoRussell ⚫️
— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) August 1, 2021
Chief Executive Delighted to Land Main Target
Speaking to the club website, Swansea chief executive Julian Winter said: “We are delighted with the appointment of Russell as our new head coach.
“He very much fits the profile of a young and hungry coach who wants to succeed, and he is more than ready for the opportunity.
“When it became clear we would be looking for a new head coach, at the forefront of our thoughts was finding a candidate who was ambitious, driven and with a clear vision of how he wants the team to play.
“After earning plaudits with Milton Keynes Dons for the attractive, attacking style that he implemented, we quickly realised Russell would be the right person to take us forward.”
The timing of his departure is different to most appointments. MK Dons, the club he leaves behind, started their season on Saturday with a heavy defeat to Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup. The news of Swansea’s approach for Martin was confirmed by the club before kick-off.
It also leaves Martin little time to build his desired team at Swansea. They start their Championship season in less than a week with a trip to Blackburn Rovers.
Martin’s backroom team of Luke Williams, Matt Gill and Dean Thornton have also joined him at the Liberty Stadium.
MK Dons are yet to say who will be in charge for their opening league game next week away at Bolton Wanderers.