Date: 6th June 2018 at 9:12pm
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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:

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.

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.

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.

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:

 

3 Replies to “The Amount of Compensation Swansea Paid For Potter & His 2 Staff – “What A Bargain!””

  • That compensation payment should cover the back taxes Östersunds may have to pay if Daniel Kindberg is found guilty of illegally using funds to help finance the club (he was arrested in March). But let’s face it, that is incredibly cheap for the team of threes given what they have achieved with ÖFK.
    ‘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.’
    Some. fans are always highly critical!

  • The problem that Swansea had is as soon as it was reconiesed by more success and established clubs that they had a good a manager or player they were sold, making it difficult to buy time to rebuild. Therefore over the last few seasons the board has been patching up a leaking ship.

    Let’s hope we can now rebuild a successful team and retain the players and staff that plays the Swansea way.

    This will need time, as Swansea have not been playing as a team that has the ability and confidence to be a successful candidate to return to the Premiere league. This can only be done with hard work, commitment and loyalty by all the team and staff.

    There are chalanges ahead I hope the new manager and team will have the time to do this.

  • And this was an agreed compensation after Ostersunds initially stated they failed to agree to a deal. Makes me wonder how much exactly was Jenkins first offering them?

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