Graham was first choice, says Jenkins

12th June 2018

Chairman Huw Jenkins believes new Swansea City manager Graham Potter’s success and style makes him the perfect appointment to take the club forward.

Potter was officially confirmed as the new Swans boss on Monday, with the 43-year-old departing Ostersund after a hugely successful seven-year spell with the Swedish club which has included three promotions and a domestic cup triumph.

Potter, a former Birmingham, Stoke and West Brom full-back, is now tasked with the job of preparing a promotion push back to the Premier League following the Swans’ relegation from the top flight in May.

He is joined at the Liberty by assistant Billy Reid and recruitment analyst Kyle Macaulay, who also arrive from Ostersund.

“As a club we are delighted to finalise terms with Graham and his staff, while we also thank Ostersund for their cooperation,” said Huw.

“We realise there is a big challenge and season ahead of us. We wanted to bring Graham and his staff in as soon as possible to ensure we are fully prepared for the season.

“Graham was always our number one choice at this time and his achievements over the past seven years at Ostersund have been remarkable.

“His style and approach to football falls in line with how we want to go forward.

“With the experience he gained at Ostersund, we feel he is the right man to restore confidence in and around the club once more.

“Now we all look forward to working together as the club enters a new season which includes the challenge of pushing for promotion back to the Premier League.”

Huw added: “Along with Graham, we are delighted to welcome Billy and Kyle to the club.

“Billy is hugely experienced and is a great addition as an assistant. He did great things while in charge as manager of Hamilton – they played some fantastic football under his leadership.

“Since then he has assisted Graham and they have proved to be a successful partnership.

“Kyle is also highly thought of in terms of recruitment, and he will also have a big part to play as we look to move forward.”