Swansea have confirmed the appointment of Graham Potter as the club’s new manager.
The 43-year-old has signed a three-year contract after leaving Swedish club Ostersunds and will bid to guide the recently-relegated Welsh club back to the Premier League.
“Swansea City are delighted to announce that Graham Potter has been appointed as the club’s new manager,” a club statement read.
“Potter has (on Monday) signed a three-year contract at the Liberty Stadium after leaving Swedish club Ostersunds to take charge of the Swans.”
Potter, who represented the likes of West Brom, Stoke and Birmingham during his playing days, took over Ostersunds in December 2010 and guided them from the fourth tier to the top division in Sweden.
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.
Swansea confirmed they had agreed compensation for Potter and two of his backroom staff, assistant manager Billy Reid and recruitment chief Kyle Macaulay, last week before announcing the deal on Monday.
Graham 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.
He said: ‘It’s a chance to start again. We know how frustrating the last few years have been, but hopefully the relegation will be seen in a few years’ time as the best thing that ever happened to the club.
‘We will try our best and work hard every day to give the supporters a team they can feel proud of; they can connect with and see are trying to improve.
‘I had an amazing journey at Ostersunds from a personal and professional perspective. People talked about me coming back to the UK quite often, but it was always about the right opportunity.’
Potter also claimed there are a similarities between Swansea and Ostersunds as he aims to create a new ‘Swansea way’ of playing.
He said: ‘It’s about trying to build a football club identity that people can be proud of and can connect with. It’s not just about what happens on the pitch, but also getting that feeling of pride, togetherness and connectivity with the local community.
‘Long-term it’s about building a sustainable club that people are proud of and that can function at the highest level for as long as possible. I know the supporters will get behind the team – they always have here.’