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New Manager

keith margam

Vital Football Legend
The search begins. Two names spring to mind, Hughton and Jokanovic, but can we compete with other clubs to get them.
Slavisa Jokanovic the former Fulham manager was interviewed for the WBA job in March after Darren Moore was sacked. Don’t know what’s happened there, maybe he was asking too much. Chris Hughton is now favourite to take over there and is being interviewed next week.

Jokanovic has taken both Watford and Fulham up to the Premier League.

Hughton has taken both Newcastle and Brighton up to the Premier League.

keith margam

Vital Football Legend
I like what he’s saying -

Since my appointment as chairman in March it has already proved a very busy period – none more so than in the past few weeks.
We find ourselves in a period of transition once again but that is part and parcel of football. We are, however, determined to build on the progress we made during the past year.
Graham’s departure was hugely disappointing but we now have to look forward to identifying a new manager who understands the club’s beliefs and is hungry to work with our young talent.
The process is already under way and at the same time steps will be taken to putting in place a new recruitment structure to create stability for the club going forward.

I didn’t anticipate having to search for a new manager this summer, but it just reinforces how unpredictable football can be.
I understand there is always a lot of uncertainty and rumours generated upon naming a new manager and I’m under no illusion as to the importance of this decision at this stage in the club’s development.
I have already had a significant number of applications from around the world; but that’s not surprising as it is an attractive job and the amount of interest at this early stage is testament to the club’s pulling power. It’s a great opportunity for an ambitious coach.
Last season, seeing the young players, many of whom graduated from the academy, playing first-team football the Swansea Way gave supporters great enjoyment and the new manager will have to buy into that philosophy. They played a huge number of minutes – among the highest in the EFL for under-23s - and provide a great foundation on which to build.

It is important for supporters to understand that the last thing we wanted was for Graham to leave and we went to great lengths in order to persuade him to stay.
I discussed our approach with board members, the majority owners and Stuart McDonald, the Trust's supporter director. We were all in agreement that we should try our utmost to convince Graham to stay. We realised the value that was being created and therefore we were keen to continue with that strategy.
The offer we made him included an enhanced remuneration package and a longer-term contract, together with assurances, within our financial constraints, regarding future player recruitment.
It was a very generous offer to stay, but ultimately we have to be realistic, he had the opportunity to join a Premier League club and that is incredibly difficult for an ambitious young manager to turn down in a very fragile managerial world.
But we have to move on, and we now begin our search for a new manager.

With the loss of Graham and his team we will take this opportunity to put in place, behind the scenes, an organisational structure that will bring stability and ensure continuity so that any future managerial changes will have the minimum impact.
Therefore, I will be looking to hire a new Head of Recruitment and build a robust scouting structure, which we don’t have at present.
I am going to enlist the help of professional recruiters to assist in finding the most suitable person for the position because it will play such a significant role in the future success of the club.
I would like to think that it will be a quick process, but it may not be and will depend on the suitability of available candidates and their circumstances.
I am also going to appoint Leon Britton as Football Advisor to the board of directors. Together with Alan Curtis, our new Club President, he will also be part of a recruitment board that I’m putting together that will review and assess candidates and assist me in the interviewing and selection of the new manager.
This board, together with the new Head of Recruitment, will also assist in future player recruitment. Alan and Leon know more than anyone what this club is all about, so their knowledge and advice will be invaluable.
Although the Head of Recruitment will put the system in place to identify players and Alan and Leon will have their input, I must stress that the new manager will have the final say on which players we eventually sign.
I am passionate about having an organisational structure and proper due process behind the scenes that is robust and sustainable and provides continuity to us going forward.
With that in mind, one key criteria in identifying the new manager will be that he can work with these young players and help them to improve. That is crucial.
Above all though, the manager must have the passion, desire, hunger and work rate to take this club forward.
It’s been a difficult period falling out of the Premier League, but hopefully the past year has seen the club rediscover its values on the pitch. Now we must continue that progression under a new manager.

We all know the club has considerable financial issues to deal with as a result of relegation from the Premier League.
We have to re-balance our squad to cope with life in the Championship and there will be player movements both in and out. That’s the harsh facts of football life.
However, there will not be a fire sale of players and we recognise we have to balance achieving the right sale prices with maintaining a competitive squad.
The players who were out of contract and have recently left the club helps ease the financial situation, but there are still players on the payroll which the club simply cannot afford and that is something we want to address as quickly as possible this transfer window.
On a more positive note I met with Wayne Routledge yesterday and had a very good conversation with him about re-signing for the forthcoming season.
He’s an extremely articulate and intelligent man and has a great future ahead of him after he’s finished playing. But I am extremely hopeful that we can retain him for a further year as a player first as his experience and maturity will be of great benefit in the dressing room with the younger players going forward.
Hopefully we will have some good news on Wayne’s future very soon.
I know these are difficult and uncertain times for the club but I remain positive about the future and will continue to work as hard as I possibly can to bring success back to the club.

Trevor Birch

keith margam

Vital Football Legend
13th May Brighton approach Potter (although some say he was tapped up as early as last January). He couldn’t wait to go and a week later he was gone.

9th June reports say we have spoken to around 60 people about the vacant managers job.

Some of the names mentioned as being shortlisted in the Press were:

Michael Appleton, Gus Poyet, Cameron Toshack, John Eustace,
Bert Stuivenberg, Mike Flynn and Micky Mellon.

Latest front runners are thought to be:

Mark Bowen, 55 years old, hails from Neath and was a Swans fan as a youngster.
He was a left-back who played for Spurs, Norwich, West Ham, Charlton, Wigan and Reading. He also played international football for Wales, gaining 41 caps.
Since retiring in 1999, he has worked as assistant to Steve Bruce at Crystal Palace and Birmingham, gaining promotion to the PL with them through the play-offs. Then assistant to former international teammate Mark Hughes with Wales, Blackburn, Man City, Fulham, QPR, Stoke (5 years in PL), and Southampton.

Steve Cooper, 39 years old from Pontypridd, England Under 17’s World Cup winning boss, and ex-Head of Liverpool Academy. His playing career was spent in the Welsh League.

Bowen has huge experience in the PL as an assistant manager, but is not renowned for playing the attractive style of football we want. Although being an assistant manager he probably had to go along with the managers demands of playing style.

Cooper has no experience of EFL football but plenty with youth players, so would be a big gamble.

With only three weeks to pre-season one would think an announcement is imminent.
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keith margam

Vital Football Legend
Steve will be bringing England Under 17’s coach Mike Marsh with him as his assistant apparently. Mike is a 49 year old scouser, who played 69 first team games for Liverpool between 1987-1993, before Graeme Souness sold him to West Ham. He played 15 games after moving to Coventry where Souness bought him again for Galatasaray whilst he was manager there.

He played for several other league clubs before a knee injury curtailed his league career in 1998. He did play on in non league football until he moved into coaching with Southport, Northwich Victoria and Bradford PA.

He then became Liverpool Academy Under 16’s Coach and in 2011 became their Under 18’s Coach. Brendan Rodgers appointed him first team coach there until his departure in 2015. He was then appointed first team coach under David Wagner at Huddersfield before moving as coach to the England Under 17’s in 2016 to date.

keith margam

Vital Football Legend
Steve Cooper confirmed as our new Head Coach yesterday afternoon on Swans Official, with Mike Marsh as his assistant, good luck to them both.