Ostersunds FK manager Graham Potter has confirmed that he has held talks with Swansea City over taking charge for next season, but insists that there is still “a long way to go” in concluding a deal
The English coach is the favourite to take over from Carlos Carvalhal after the Portuguese resigned following the club’s relegation from the Premier League this season.
While admitting that there have been talks, Potter insisted that no deal has been reached.
“I have to talk to them [Swansea] a little more,” said the 43-year-old, as stated on BBC.
“Obviously it’s a big challenge to take the club back to the Premier League and give them an identity, so it’s clear that it’s interesting, but there’s still a long way to go.”
Since arriving in December 2010, Potter has overseen a remarkable turnaround at Ostersunds with the side climbing from the Swedish fourth division to the top flight in 2016.
Upon reaching the Swedish Allsvenskan, the club finished in a respectable eighth place in their first season and won the Svenska Cupen.
Winning Sweden’s main cup competition enabled them to qualify for the Europa League, where they reached the Round of 32 stage this season before eliminated by Arsenal.
“We’ve been doing well for the club for a long time, so I’m proud of it, but I’m still Ostersunds coach,” added Potter.
Ostersunds chairman, Daniel Kindberg, confirmed that he has also been approached by the Swansea chairman, Huw Jenkins, in order to seek permission to begin negotiations with their head coach.
“He asked me if he could speak to Graham and make his case – and I have given permission,” he said.
“This does not mean Graham leaves, we are not there.
“I will always allow anyone to talk to him, we have confidence in Ostersund.
“It’s quite simple. Graham and I have been working together for a long time and have always been sincere with each other.”