Latest reports in Sweden say that Ostersunds FK boss Graham Potter will interrupt his holiday in New York to jet off to Swansea to complete his managerial move over the weekend.
Swansea City fans have had to remain patient over the last week or so for news, after hearing that talks between Potter and the club were confirmed by the Ostersunds chairman and Potter himself during a press conference after their 2-0 League win last Saturday.
According to the Ostersunds Post, Potter is close to taking the vacant manager’s job at Swansea City, saying (rough translation): “Potter interrupts his vacation to fly to Wales (and finish Swansea). The whole thing can be clear already this weekend.”
We also asked reliable journalist and Swansea City fan Stuart James for an update on Wednesday night, and he responded:
“Potter will take over. Lots for him to sort out, not just his own arrival, his staff too, and of course clarity on what he’s walking into/got to work with. But I’m not sweating over it. It’ll happen – & soon.”
After reportedly interviewing Dutch duo Frank de Boer and Jaap Stam for the role vacated by Carlos Carvalhal, Graham Potter emerged as the clear favourite amongst the Swansea City owners, who then later requested permission from Ostersunds to begin talks with the 43-year-old.
Fans have been critical of the time it has taken the club to finalise Potter’s appointment, but there have been a number of things to work out and discuss.
It’s a big risk for Potter, who will have wanted a number of reassurances of various different footballing matters, including transfers – the money available to spend and the control of who to buy. Not only that, but he is leaving a job that was probably safe for life, having taken Ostersunds from the bottom division to the top – plus Europa League qualification.
He’ll go from that to joining a relegated Premier League side who are set to lose a large number of first-team players this Summer and require a significant and complex re-build job. The American owners will surely have their sights set on a quick return to the top flight, but the likes of Leon Britton and Alan Curtis want to see solid foundations put in place first.
And in fairness to the Swans, the appointment of Graham Potter is a risky one but has the potential to be a blinder. His work at Ostersunds has been truly immense given the tight constraints and limitations he’s worked with and has achieved success by playing an attractive style of play that was once at the heart of our DNA 4 or 5 years ago.