Swansea City: Gus Poyet ‘interested’ in succeeding Garry Monk


Former Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is ‘interested’ in the vacant manager’s post at Swansea City.

The Swans may compensate Poyet’s current club AEK Athens if he succeeds Garry Monk, who left on Wednesday after one win in 11 league games.

The club wants to name a new manager before the Premier League game at home to West Ham on 20 December.

Swansea’s caretaker manager Alan Curtis is in charge for Saturday’s league game away at Manchester City.

Poyet is the clear bookmakers’ favourite for the Swans role, although former Wales winger Mickey Thomas believes Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs would be interested in the vacancy.

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Other potential contenders appear to have been ruled out.

David Moyes, sacked by Manchester Untied and Real Sociedad in the last 20 months, is not interested in replacing Monk, while ex-Swans boss Brendan Rodgers is reportedly eyeing up other opportunities.

Rangers boss Mark Warburton also says he is committed to his role with the Glasgow club.

‘No approach’ for Potter

Meanwhile, Ostersund FK’s chairman Daniel Kindberg says he has not been contacted by Swansea regarding their manager Graham Potter and it would surprise him “massively” if he left the Swedish club for the Liberty Stadium.

Former York full-back Potter had emerged as a surprise contender to replace Monk, but Kindberg does not think he is likely to replace Monk.

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“Swansea haven’t been in contact with me,” Kindberg told BBC Wales Sport. “Graham Potter is highly regarded in Sweden and in Ostersund.

“He has become a good friend of mine, someone who I respect massively and we are not finished yet with our project here.
“It would surprise me massively if he went, even though I know the Premier League is the best league in the world.”

Potter has been in charge at Ostersund for four years and last month secured their promotion to Sweden’s top flight for the first time in their history.

“I would have a long, long discussion if he approached me on this matter,” Kindberg added. “He hasn’t done that so far and I spoke with him today [Friday].

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“You have had Alex Ferguson at Manchester United for a long time, you have had Arsene Wenger at Arsenal for a long time, and we will have Potter for a long time at Ostersund.