Ex-NCEL manager agrees terms with Championship Swansea City

It’s been a superb few years for Graham Potter – as he has agreed terms with Swansea City, an amazing raise from Step 6 Leeds Carnegie in 2010.

In a 13-year playing career, he made 307 appearances in the Football League, mainly as a full back, and also played in the Premier League for Southampton. At international level, he was capped once for England at under-21 level.

In December 2010, Potter signed a three-year contract as coach of Östersunds FK, who were then playing in the fourth tier of Swedish football.

Potter was offered the job after Graeme Jones, his friend and assistant to Roberto Martínez at Swansea City, recommended him to chairman Daniel Kindberg after their pre-season friendly with Swansea.

In 2013, after two successive promotions, Potter extended his contract with the club for another three years. On 27 October 2015, Östersunds FK secured promotion to the Swedish top flight, Allsvenskan, for the first time in their history.

On 13 April 2017, he won his first title as a manager when Östersund won the Swedish Cup. This granted the team a place in the second qualifying round of the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League where they defeated Galatasaray 3–1 on aggregate.

In the third round they defeated Fola Esch 3–1 on aggregate and in the play-offs they knocked out PAOK (3–3 on aggregate with more away goals), thus securing a historic entry into the Europa League group stage.

They finished second in their group, level on points with Athletic Bilbao. Despite beating Arsenal 2–1 at the Emirates Stadium, they exited the competition after losing 4–2 on aggregate. They finished their domestic league campaign in fifth place.

A statement on the Official Swansea City website says, “SWANSEA CITY CAN CONFIRM A COMPENSATION PACKAGE HAS BEEN FINALISED WITH OSTERSUND FOR THE SERVICES OF GRAHAM POTTER.

The club has also agreed personal terms with Potter along with his assistant Billy Reid and recruitment analyst Kyle Macaulay, who are set to join him at the Liberty.

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