3 potential candidates for the Swansea City job
Swansea City are back in the Championship after experiencing seven years in the top flight. The Welsh side are also in the hunt for a new manager after Carlos Carvalhal left them following their relegation from the Premier League. The aim for the Swans will undoubtedly be an immediate promotion back into the big-time; but they need to ensure they bring the right man in. The second tier is an extremely difficult division to get out of and Swansea will be under no illusion what they will be in for. Here are three potential candidates for their managerial role.
He is available after being sacked by Sunderland last month after their relegation to League One. Chris Coleman is certainly amongst the leading candidates for the Swansea City job, particularly following some excellent work with the Wales national side. The former Fulham, Coventry City and Real Sociedad boss guided The Dragons to the Euro 2016 semi-finals, where they eventually lost to winners Portugal.
The major advantage behind appointing Coleman would be the fact he will already understand the club; as well as their fans. He also has a point to prove in the Championship. However, he struggled at Sunderland and failed to keep them up, which may have led to a dip in confidence. You get the impression that he rushed into that job, which turned out to be an extremely poor career move. The fact that he has never been promoted from the Championship will raise some eyebrows, but with an excellent squad available at his disposal, this will undoubtedly be his best chance to rectify that record.
The current Östersunds boss is another manager who is a candidate for The Swans. Since making the switch to Sweden in 2011, he has won promotion three times, won the Swedish Cup and guided Östersunds into Europe for the first time in their history. His achievements have been remarkable and it is only a matter of time before he returns to England for a shot in the Football League.
The 42-year-old would suit Swansea as he likes his team to play attacking and attractive football; something that'd work well in England's second tier. He has also shown his capability to get teams promoted and this has been evident during his time in Sweden, so could play to his advantage with the Wales club. However, one risk of going for Potter is his lack of experience in English domestic football management.
The former Reading boss is available now, approaching him could be a shrewd move. As a player, Stam played for world-class outfits like PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, Lazio, AC Milan and Ajax. Since retiring in 2007, he worked as a coach at both FC Zwolle and Ajax before getting the Jong Ajax job in 2014. Championship side Reading brought him back to England in 2016. He would be a decent choice for Swansea as he guided Reading to the Play-Offs in his first season there and the Royals were a penalty shootout away from Premier League football themselves.
He also ensures his team play possession football and his Reading side became aesthetically pleasing to watch in the 2016/17 season. However, one negative about appointing Stam would be that his Royals team were dreadful this season and he was sacked after a poor run of results in March. This may weigh on his mind but could otherwise play to his advantage as he now has a point to prove.