After a disappointing season in the Premier League, Swansea City will be looking to bounce back straight away to the English top flight. They recently parted ways with Carlos Carvalhal who didn’t manage to pull them out of the hole as they were relegated and if the latest reports are to be believed, Swansea are favourites to bring in Ostersunds boss Graham Potter.
Now for people who haven’t heard his name, they must be thinking that it could turn out to be a risky move for the Swans to appoint an inexperienced manager like Potter. However, the Ostersunds manager has built a huge reputation in the past few years as he took the team from the fourth tier of the Swedish League to Europa League. Arsenal fans will probably know the manager as he orchestrated a 2-1 win at the Emirates. However, it was not good enough as they had earlier lost the first leg 3-0. Nevertheless, Ostersunds side has come up leaps and bounds in the last few years and for that Potter deserves a whole lot of credit.
Apart from the results, Potter has won a lot of plaudits for his playing style and training methods and he will certainly get the Swansea fans excited by his tactics. His pre-season training method has been talked about as well as he makes his team go through various team-building exercises at the beginning of the season. The routine usually has players performing certain art forms like Ballet dancing and singing.
Potter took over the team when they were relegated to the fourth division and took them to two back to back promotion. His side’s promotion to top division took some time as it came three years later but slowly now they have established themselves as one of the heavyweights of Swedish football.
Swansea will be hoping that he can resurrect them as well to the top division of English football. Swansea’s seven-year stay in the Premier League was dealt a huge blow when they lost to fellow relegation-threatened Southampton and that loss proved to be the tipping point for the Swans.
Potter doesn’t have any experience of managing in the English Leagues but he will be aware of the dynamics and challenges of English football as he has an experience of playing in the English division. It will be interesting to see whether Potter will leave a club who reached the round of 32 of Europa league this season to manage a club in the English Championship.