Swansea City have named Graham Potter as Carlos Carvalhal’s replacement as they prepare for life in the Sky Bet Championship next season.
The 43-year-old joins the Swans from Swedish outfit Ostersunds FK, who he managed for seven years. The Englishman won the manager of the year award in the Allsvenskan in 2016 and 2017.
Two members of backroom staff have also joined Potter in the move from Ostersunds with Billy Reid and Kyle Macaulay also arriving at the Liberty Stadium.
The appointment comes after Carlos Carvalhal left the club in May following the Swans’ relegation to the Championship – he took charge of The Swans for 25 games, but won just eight of those, ending up with a win percentage of 32% at the end of his reign at the Liberty Stadium.
Potter, who played most of his career in England as a full-back and made over 300 appearances, scoring 16 goals, becomes Swansea’s fifth manager in two-years . During that two-year spell, they have gone through the likes of Francesco Guidolin, Bob Bradley, Paul Clement and Carlos Carvalhal.
Many Swans fans will be hoping he has an instantaneous impact in what is set to be a grueling Championship season during the 2018/2019 season.
Potter has had a massive influence in Sweden, guiding Ostersunds up the leagues – and won the Division Two Norra and Division One Norra back-to-back to gain promotion to Sweden’s top division and knows what it is like to taste success.
He also won the Swedish Cup with Ostersunds during the 2016/2017 season and that meant they were involved in this season’s UEFA Europa League, where the Englishman masterminded a 3-1 aggregate win over Galatasaray in the second round – in the play-off round, they knocked out Greek outfit PAOK on the away goals rule.
The win meant they were entered into the UEFA Europa League group stages and had a successful campaign, finishing second in their group – they advanced to play Arsenal in the knockout stages and despite beating them 2-1 at the Emirates, they exited through losing 4-2 on aggregate.
Ostersunds also finished fifth domestically and although he doesn’t have the most glamorous of CV’s, his possession-style football and ambition in the game could see him become a massive hit with Swansea City supporters.