The total amount of compensation that Swansea City have paid to Swedish side Ostersunds for their new manager Graham Potter and his two members of staff – assistant Billy Reid and recruitment consultant Kyle Macaulay has been revealed by fotbolldirekt.se.
Thanks to @SwedeStats on Twitter who initially made us aware of the figure:
Swansea is said to have paid around €800k for Graham Potter from Östersund.
— ???????? (@SwedeStats) June 5, 2018
SwedeStats also kindly answered our questions here following the news that Graham Potter will be confirmed as our new manager next week.
FotbollDirekt.se reported that Ostersunds will receive 8 million Swedish Krona for Potter, Reid and Macaulay, which equals £683,075.
A bargain you could say given that Graham Potter had recently signed a new 4-year contract with the club!
Ostersunds chairman Daniel Kindberg reacted to the compensation package that they received from the Swans:
“We have received a compensation that is respectful and I am pleased with. There has been no discussion. If we wasn’t happy I would have been loud about it.”
“I have no comments more than that there are three names we will miss, not least as people. But at the same time we have been economically compensated in a very, very good way.”
They also reported that Graham Potter will be paid between 11 and 12 Swedish Krona – roughly £900-£1m, but we’re yet to find out the length of his new contract at Swansea City.
We’d have to assume that that figure is what he’ll be paid in a year, which would equate to almost £20,000 a week.
— Rhys Davies ???????????????????????????????????? (@rhysthejack) June 6, 2018
Some fans were highly critical of the time that it has taken the club to tie up the deal to bring Potter to the Liberty Stadium, but hopefully he’ll prove that it was worth the fortnight-long wait.
Is that all?
— Gary griffiths (@gazzington78) June 5, 2018
On one hand you can’t blame Swansea fans for being cynical and critical given the amount of trust that has been lost with the likes of Huw Jenkins, but on the other hand – these deals can take time, particularly when Graham Potter leaves a club that he’s spent 7 years at, wants to leave with dignity and respect, has two other staff members to move as well as being on holiday in New York during the process.
Blimey,daylight robbery by jenkins .
— Laidbacklarry (@lazzaroooo) June 5, 2018
Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins is due his criticisms, there’s no doubt about that, but the club deserve some credit for pulling this move off.
Not only due to the low compensation paid for three staff members, but the move suggests that we want to get back to our old ways – playing positive and attractive football again – something we’ve been totally lacking for 3 or 4 years.
A common theme amongst fans’ reactions to the appointment is that he must be given time, patience and the freedom to build something at Swansea City. It’s no good continuing as we are, with Jenkins acting as a director of football and taking too much control over transfers.
If our chairman doesn’t leave – satisfying a large of supporters in the process, then Huw Jenkins at the very least needs to recognise that his current actions and careless decision making over transfers have been a major factor in our sudden decline. Potter was heavily involved in all footballing matters at Ostersund to guide them from the bottom fourth division to the top, and it has to be same again for the 43-year-old in South Wales.
Whether that happens or not we’ll have to find out, but we’re hanging on this particular comment made in our recent Q&A by @SwedeStats:
— Vital Swansea (@VitalSwansea) June 5, 2018