Swansea City appoint former West Brom player Graham Potter as manager

Ruben Hill
June 12, 2018

Swansea City have announced the appointment of Graham Potter as their new manager.

"Potter has signed a three-year contract at the Liberty Stadium after leaving Swedish club Ostersunds to take charge of the Swans".

The club has been criticised for their transfer dealings in the years leading up to their relegation from the Premier League to the Championship in May.

He led them into the Europa League last season after winning the Swedish Cup, reaching the last 32 before losing 4-2 on aggregate to Arsenal.

Potter told the club website that "wasn't desperate" to leave Sweden and was "happy" at Ostersunds, but was convinced that Swansea was the right move for him.

"As soon as the idea and possibility emerges to work here and to be part of this football club and to take on this challenge, then it becomes quite easy", Potter said when asked why he decided to make the switch.

'I had an awesome journey at Ostersunds from a personal and professional perspective.

"[The chairman] has been very supportive and indicated he wants me to take the lead on those decisions".

"I was at a great club, trying to win the league, trying to get into the Champions League, so it was an interesting project that we were at". People talked about me coming back to the United Kingdom quite often, but it was always about the right opportunity'. "And Swansea City just felt like the right one for me".

"But we want to learn from the experience of what has happened in the last two or three years". The desire was to return to the old way of thinking, if you like.

"[The Championship] is a very tough competition and I am not going to sit here and say I am a genius - and I'm not going to use a magic wand reference with a surname like mine!" I think that's probably what's happened here for the last couple of years.

Potter said he was aware of the need to rediscover Swansea's playing identity, adding that relegation gives the club the opportunity to "start again".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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