Swansea City appointed Graham Potter as their new manager yesterday but who exactly is the Englishman and what will he bring to South Wales?
The Swans finally have their man with Graham Potter officially being announced as the new manager yesterday.
There is no doubt that he will be looking to make an instant impact in South Wales and we take a look at what the Swans fans can expect from Potter.
Where was he born and where has he played?
Potter was born in Solihull, England. He played as a full-back in England, making his senior debut for Birmingham City during the 1992/1993 season.
The Englishman made a total of 320 appearances in England, playing for the likes of Southampton, West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City. He scored a total of 16 goals across his 13-year stint as a player.
He also made a solo England under-21 appearance in 1996.
So, has he only managed in Scandinavia?
Yes. As bizarre as it sounds, Potter has only ever managed Ostersunds – he spent seven years there, guiding them to back-to-back promotions, as well as earning a Europa League Spot during the 2017/2018 season, where they beat Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
He built some incredible foundations, and he will be looking to have a similar influence at SA1 as the Swans seek an immediate return to the Premier League.
What can Swansea supporters expect from Potter, then?
He definitely has excellent managerial ability, make no mistake about that. He likes his teams to keep possession, and he could certainly become a well-liked character in South Wales.
The most important thing for the Swans now is stability and Potter could definitely provide that. He will be hoping to get fans onside quickly – the only criticism you can have about the appointment is that he doesn’t have previous experience of managing in England.
But he is definitely a manager who has potential and if given time to express his own traditions and the way he likes to play, it could just be the ideal appointment for Swansea City and their supporters.