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Championship side Swansea City have appointed England U17 coach Steve Cooper as replacement for recently-departed Graham Potter

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Update 14.06.19

The news which everyone already knew anyway has now been conformed with Swansea City announcing the appointment of England U17 coach Steve Cooper as replacement for Graham Potter. The Welshman has now left his previous post to take over at the Championship side and he will be assisted by former Liverpool player Mike Marsh.

“I’m really excited about the challenge ahead,” Cooper said.

“This opportunity is something I’ve been working towards my whole life, certainly since I started coaching 22 years ago.

“I have already done a huge amount of homework on the playing style, the squad and plans for pre-season. Now I just can’t wait to get started.”

The Swans have been on the hunt for a new manager since Graham Potter left total charge at Brighton & Hove Albion last month. Cooper arrives at the Liberty Stadium with a reputation as a top-quality coach and he will look to get his new charges playing possession football.

The Swans considered around 60 managerial candidates in their search for a replacement for Potter, however it has been reported that Cooper was the preferred choice of chairman Trevor Birch, club president Alan Curtis and board adviser Leon Britton, these men giving their recommendation to the club’s American owners.

The Football Association didn’t stand in the way of this appointment when it became clear that Cooper wanted to move into club management.

 

Update 13.06.19

The bookmakers have now closed the book on who will be next in charge at the Liberty Stadium and it is now only a matter of time before the Swansea City board announce the appointment of current England U17 coach Steve Cooper as the replacement for recently-departed Graham Potter. Indeed most pundits expect that the announcement will be made at some point this week although there have been suggestions that there will be some movement on the issue today.

This latest development comes after a whole host of names were linked with the vacant position, these including John Eustace, Michael Appleton, Cameron Toshack and Gus Poyet. There have been suggestions that Copper may bring with him trusted assistant Mike Marsh although there likely won’t be any clarity on this issue until the manager has been officially confirmed.

Cooper faces a very tough challenge next term with Swansea City now certain to be without the services of talented Daniel James, the winger having his move to Old Trafford confirmed earlier this week. Nevertheless the Swans are being backed to win promotion to the Premier League at the end of 2019/20 with some bookmakers going as low as 5/1 that they lift themselves back into the top tier after an absence of two seasons.

 

Update 11.06.19

It would appear that England U17 manager Steve Cooper will be next in charge of Swansea City, the Welshman on the verge of being appointed as Graham Potter’s successor. A host of names have been linked with the vacant position over the past few weeks, these including the likes of Gus Poyet, John Eustace, Michael Appleton and Cameron Toshack, however it looks as though Cooper – one of the least-known contenders – will be the choice of Trevor Birch, the Swansea chairman evidently impressed by his track record of bringing through promising young talent. The appointment of Cooper will certainly raise a few eyebrows amongst Swans fans although he has earned himself plenty of praise in his previous appointments. News of the likely arrival of Cooper at the Liberty Stadium in the next few days appears to have gone down pretty well with the club supporters although most will admit to knowing relatively little about him. Nevertheless he is certainly an ambitious coach and a proven player developer, therefore he may well prove to be the man which lifts Swansea City back towards the Premier League. Only time will tell if he can actually do that!

 

Update 10.06.19

The race to be next Swansea City manager has now been thrown wide open following the announcement that previous favourite Micky Mellon is now out of the running. It now appears to be a two-horse race for the hot-seat at the Liberty Stadium with Cameron Toshack and John Eustace neck-and-neck in the betting at 6/1 apiece. Toshack is currently in charge of the U23 set-up at the South Wales club and he has been instrumental in moulding the younger side into first-team material. He would certainly be a hugely popular appointment with the fans although his lack of managerial experience will possible work against him.

QPR assistant manager John Eustace is another name firm in the frame and rumours hint that the Swansea City board have been having discussions with the 39-year-old. As such, Eustace’s odds on becoming next Swansea City manager has been slowly shortening over the last few days and he is now neck-and-neck with Toshack at the top of the betting market at 6/1.

Gus Poyet remains a leading contender at 17/2, the Uruguayan currently out of work since leaving Bordeaux under something of a cloud. Poyet has been linked with the Swans many times in the past and he certainly possess plenty of experience at the higher levels of the English game, having managed the likes of Brighton & Hove Albion and Sunderland as well as AEK Athens and Bordeaux.

 

Next Swansea City Permanent Manager – Paddy Power Odds

 

6/1  –  Cameron Toshack

6/1  –  John Eustace

17/2 –  Gus Poyet

9/1  –  Lee Bowyer

10/1 – Mark Bowen

10/1 –  Michael Appleton

10/1 –  Micky Mellon

 

 

Update 06.06.19

Micky Mellon would appear to be out of the running to be next Swansea City manager with the Tranmere Rovers boss evidently more than content to stay with a club which he has guided up two divisions over the past two seasons, his odds lengthening from 7/10 to 4/1 over the past couple of days. In Mellon’s place at the top of the betting market is none other than QPR assistant manager John Eustace.

Swansea City are in the midst of a hunt for a suitable replacement for recently departed Graham Potter and Eustace has emerged as a leading contender for the vacant position. The 39-year-old was named as interim boss of QPR following the sacking of Steve McClaren two months ago and he succeeded in steering the side clear of relegation from the Championship. Eustace has since returned to his position of assistant following the appointment of Mark Warburton although his sterling work towards the end of the season has attracted the attention of Swansea City.

Eustace would certainly fit Swansea’s remit which requires that whoever is appointed in the role must be able to develop younger players. No announcement has been made concerning Eustace and his suitability as a replacement for Potter although that hasn’t prevented punters from backing him in their droves and he now heads the betting market to be next Swansea City manager at odds of 3/2 with Paddy Power.

 

Next Swansea City Permanent Manager – Paddy Power Odds

 

3/1  –  John Eustace

7/2  –  Gus Poyet

7/2  –  Cameron Toshack

4/1  –  Micky Mellon

13/2 –  Ian Holloway

13/2 –  Albert Stuivenberg

 

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Update 04.06.19

It would appear that Swansea City are edging ever closer to finding a new manager although recent reports suggest that it might not be Tranmere Rovers boss Micky Mellon after all. Gus Poyet, Cameron Toshack and Michael Kollner have all been touted as possible successors for Graham Potter, however while many bookmakers still go odds-on about Mellon taking the hot-seat in time for the start of the new season, it appears that he has now been ruled out of the running along with Newport County boss Michael Flynn. Indeed Tranmere Rovers issued a statement stating that “Micky Mellon has just signed a new contract in January which runs until May 2021. The club will not make any further comment.”

Former Nuremberg manager Michael Kollner has recently emerged as one of the frontrunners in the race for the Swansea City job with sources close to the German claiming that he has been involved with talks with the club over the weekend, the discussions being described as “very interesting”. Swansea City have been playing down any reports in their alleged interest in Kollner although representatives of the 49-year-old insist that he remains very much in the running.

 

Next Swansea City Permanent Manager – Paddy Power Odds

 

7/10 –  Micky Mellon

3/1  –  Gus Poyet

5/2  –  Cameron Toshack

7/2  –  Michael Kollner

5/1  –  Michael Flynn

9/1  –  Alan Tate

9/1  –  Aitor Karanka

11/1 –  Michael Appleton

11/1 –  Chris Hughton

11/1 –  Slavisa Jokanovic

 

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Update 03.06.19

The hunt for a suitable replacement for recently departed Swansea City manager Graham Potter enters its second week and supporters of the South Wales side will doubtless be eager to witness some meaningful movement. Numerous names have been liked with the vacant position and West Bromwich Albion assistant boss Michael Appleton is now amongst the contenders. Appleton has allegedly been having talks with the Swans although he isn’t considered to be a leading contender with the bookmakers and is way out at 20/1 with Paddy Power as things stand. Indeed Micky Mellon continues to lead the way with his price shortening steadily as the days progress, the Tranmere Rovers gaffer now as low as 4/11 to be next in charge at the Liberty Stadium.

Mellon successfully steered his side through the League Two play-offs and into the third tier of the English game at the end of 2018/19, no mean achievement for a Rovers outfit which twelve months previously had been plying their trade in the National league. This was Mellon’s fifth promotion in nine years – his other successes coming with Shrewsbury Town and Fleetwood Town – and whilst he has never before managed a Championship side, he certainly holds plenty of appeal for the Swansea City board so it would seem.

 

Next Swansea City Permanent Manager – Paddy Power Odds

 

4/11 –  Micky Mellon

7/2  –  Gus Poyet

7/1  –  Cameron Toshack

10/1 –  Michael Flynn

10/1 –  Ian Holloway

20/1 –  Michael Appleton

25/1 –  Chris Coleman

25/1 –  Daniel Stendel

 

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Update 30.05.19

Micky Mellon remains out-and-out favourite to step into the hot-seat at the Liberty Stadium with many bookmakers now going just 1/2 that he takes the reins from recently departed Graham Potter. Mellon managed his fifth promotion within nine years when he lifted Tranmere Rovers into League One via the play-offs earlier this month and he has caught the attention of many clubs following these exploits. As well as steering Tranmere out of the National League at the end of 2017/18 and into the third tier just twelve months later, Mellon has also enjoyed promotions with Fleetwood Town (twice) and Shrewsbury Town, however he has yet to manage in the Championship and it would certainly be a massive step-up for a manager well versed to plying his trade in the lower echelons of the professional game.

While the odds on Mellon becoming next Swansea City manager have remained constant at 1/2 over the past few days, those of his potential competitors have slipped with Cameron Toshack lengthening from 4/1 to as much as 12/1 in some quarters. Indeed Mellon’s main rivals now appears to be Michael Flynn at odds of 5/1 with Unibet Bookmakers, the Newport County boss coming to terms with the disappointment of losing the League Two play-off final to Tranmere Rovers and conceding that he is likely to lose a few key players from Rodney parade during the summer months.

 

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Update 28.05.19

Having guided Tranmere Rovers up from the National League at the end of 2017/18 and lifting them up to League One via the play-offs earlier this month, manager Micky Mellon is a man who would certainly fit the bill with regard to the vacant position at Championship side Swansea City. The punters clearly think so too and as such his odds on becoming next Swansea City manager have been slashed to as low as 1/2 with Unibet, this making him clear favourite ahead of 4/1 shot Cameron Toshack.

Mellon has been a fans-favourite at Prenton Park since his arrival as Rovers’ manager in October 2016, however his only experience in managerial circles at Championship level was as assistant to David Flitcroft at Barnsley between December 2012 and March 2014. Nevertheless the punters have been quick to back the Tranmere boss to be next in charge at the Liberty Stadium and with five managerial promotions to his name, many believe that he would fit the bill perfectly.

 

Next Permanent Swansea City Manager – Unibet Odds

 

1/2  – Micky Mellon

4/1  –  Cameron Toshack

9/1  –  Aitor Karanka

9/1  –  Alan Tate

11/1 –  Gus Poyet

11/1 –  Chris Hughton

11/1 –  Slavisa Jokanovic

14/1 –  Chris Coleman

14/1 –  John Eustace

14/1 –  Gary Rowett

16/1 –  Tony Pulis

18/1 –  Leon Britton

18/1 –  David Moyes

20/1 –  Sam Allardyce

22/1 –  Carlos Carvalhal

22/1 –  Sol Campbell

22/1 –  Steve McClaren

 

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Update 24.05.19

Swansea City have been assessing their options following the move of manager Graham Potter to premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion and Swans chairman Trevor Birch has revealed that there will be a shake-up in the club’s recruitment strategy as a direct result of Potter’s move to the Seagulls. Club legends Leon Britton and Alan Curtis will both be involved in the decision making process with the former appointed as football advisor and the latter made an honorary president of the club.

The main focus will now be to find a suitable successor to Potter and leading the way is Cameron Toshack, his price being slashed from 3/1 to just 6/4 with Paddy Power Bookmakers. Swansea’s U23 coach is the son of John Toshack and he has won plenty of admirers due to his excellent work with the younger side. It is certainly anticipated that he will get an interview for the position and this will hold him in good stead for a permanent appointment in the role.

Given the precariousness of Swansea City’s finances following their relegation from the Premier League last year, the first-team squad has featured no less than fifteen players who worked under Toshack and this familiarity will certainly boost his appeal.

Swansea City haven’t made it clear how long they intend to continue their search for a new manager but they will clearly be wanting to focus on contenders who they believe can continue the good work done by Potter. Does Toshack fit the bill? We may soon find out.

 

Next Swansea City Permanent Manager – Paddy Power Odds

 

6/4  –  Cameron Toshack

10/1 –  Chris Coleman

14/1 –  Daniel Stendel

20/1 –  Garry Monk

25/1 –  Ryan Giggs

25/1 –  Leon Britton

 

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It was the news which Swansea City fans dreaded but there was little surprise in the announcement that boss Graham Potter would likely be moving to Premier League side Brighton & Hove in the coming weeks. Potter has informed the club board of his desire to move to the south-coast club before the start of next season and to be fair one cannot really blame the 43-year-old for his decision. Nevertheless this has come as a major blow to Swansea City and it has certainly triggered more uncertainty for the club.

It is only a matter of time before Potter is seen with a Brighton scarf wrapped around his neck in the usual photoshoot and while the Swans made him an offer which would have made him the highest-paid Championship manager, the club now have an unenviable task in finding a suitable replacement.

The appointment of Potter was something of a masterstroke for a club renowned for getting things wrong, however can they get it right again in the coming weeks.

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Leading the way in the early betting is Under 23s boss Cameron Toshack at odds of 3/1. He has enjoyed plenty of success with the age-grade side and would certainly fit in well with the club’s continuity process. Indeed having nurtured the talents of his young players – many of who are now in for first team – he undoubtedly knows the players well.

Toshack is certainly high in ambition and has previously been linked with managerial posts elsewhere, however he would come cheap and that will be a big ‘plus’ point as far as the board are concerned.

Club legend Leon Britton is also in the frame and he is joint second-favourite at odds of 6/1. Britton made over 500 appearances for the Swans as he established himself as a firm favourite prior to his retirement at the close of 2017/18. The 36-year old spent time as part of Paul Clement’s coaching staff two years ago and he took the reins for two matches  in a caretaker capacity following Clement’s sacking.

Assistant manager Billy Reid is another short-priced contender at odds of 6/1 although the likelihood is that he will move to the Amex Stadium alongside Potter during the summer.

 

Next Swansea City Permanent Manager – Paddy Power Odds

 

3/1  –  Cameron Toshack

6/1  –  Billy Reid

6/1  –  Leon Britton

9/1  –  Ryan Giggs

10/1 –  Gary Rowett

11/1 –  Chris Coleman

12/1 –  Alan Curtis

12/1 –  Daniel Stendel