Welsh club Swansea have appointed Graham Potter as their boss, as the Swans prepare for life in the Championship. The 43-year-old has enjoyed an incredible managerial career in Sweden with minnows Ostersunds, who he guided to the top level of Swedish football and a cup win.
Potter also guided the Ostersunds to the knockout stages of the Europa League, where they eventually suffered elimination at the hands of Premier League Arsenal.
The former Stoke player has gained a reputation for unorthodox coaching methods, but in the process raised his profile in the game. His performance in Scandinavian has not gone unnoticed in his homeland, as Potter has been linked with a number of jobs in the top two flights of English football.
Swansea have endured a turbulent few years, having gone through four different bosses in the last 19 months. The last incumbent, Carlos Carvalhal left the club at the end of last season after the Swans suffered relegation. The affable Portuguese boss was only on a short-term with the Welsh club.
The Swans had been fighting against the drop for the past few seasons from the Premier League. However, their luck finally ran out last season.
Potter is highly regarded among the football fraternity. The job he did at Ostersund was remarkable. Not only did he take the club from the fourth tier to the top tier of Swedish football, he did it in his own unique style. His methods will be a breath of fresh air in the English game, as clubs are all too accustomed to appointing the same old faces to manage their clubs. Most are unsuccessful.
Swansea’s hierarchy has had a tendency to lack patience of late. However, if they want success then they will need to give the highly rated Potter time to turn things around at the Liberty Stadium.
Will Graham Potter be successful at Swansea?