Date: 4th June 2018 at 4:00pm
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Swansea City have officially confirmed that they have agreed a compensation package with Ostersunds FK to appoint Graham Potter as their new manager.

Personal terms have also been agreed between the Swans and Potter, as well as his assistant Billy Reid and recruitment analyst Kyle Macaulay.

Potter will arrive in Swansea next week for the official announcement.

Earlier reports said that the 43-year-old was the club’s number one target to succeed Carlos Carvalhal, who wasn’t offered a new deal and was relieved of his duties earlier in May.

Reports also said that Swansea City had interviewed Dutch duo Jaap Stam and Frank de Boer for the role, but Potter emerged as the clear favourite amongst the club’s American owners.

Potter spent seven years at Ostersunds in Sweden, taking the club from the fourth tier to the top, including Europa League qualification where they achieved wins against the likes of Galatasaray and Premier League outfit Arsenal.

Swansea’s link with Potter and Ostersunds goes way back when Roberto Martinez was manager back in 2007 and they toured Sweden during the Summer that year. It was the Spaniard’s long-term assistant Graeme Jones who recommended Potter for the job at Ostersunds, who later took it in December 2010.

Graham Potter’s assistant Billy Reid was also approached by the Swans in 2010 for the vacant manager’s job in 2010. It was filled by Brendan Rodgers after Reid opted to stay at Scottish side Hamilton. He is expected to join Potter at Swansea City along with his scout.

Potter was identified by Swansea City as the person who could “rebuild” the team and establish an identity again after it disappeared during a 3-4 year spell of our decline in the Premier League. Both Leon Britton and Alan Curtis have stressed the need to get back to our old philosophy of attractive football if we want to return to the top flight.

 

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