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2 pros and 2 cons to Swansea sealing ex-player as Potter replacement

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Former Swansea City centre back Alan Tate has recently been linked with the vacant Swansea manager’s job, after Graham Potter’s departure to Brighton and Hove Albion.

Potter spent just one season with the Swans after his move from Swedish side Ostersunds, before making the move to the Premier League to join the Seagulls. He joined the Seagulls earlier this month, leaving the manager’s position vacant.

Alan Tate is just one of many options that the club could explore whilst searching for a new manager.

Tate is regarded as a legend at Swansea City, playing well over 200 games for the Swans and helping them gain promotion to the Premier League in 2011, after beating Reading 4-2 in the play-off final.

According to the same BBC report, he’s one of the academy coaches at the Liberty Stadium. However, he may not be part of the academy for much longer if he’s interviewed for the first team manager’s job.

These are two pros and two cons of Swansea City sealing the ex-player as Graham Potter’s replacement.

Pro: He could bring a Lampard-type effect to the club

Frank Lampard is just one example where new managers taking their first senior managerial job can have a great impact on a club. Steven Gerrard has also done a very good job north of the border at Rangers in his first season.

Former teammate Garry Monk could be a very useful person to gather advice from, being a former Swansea City manager and player himself.

Tate will bring new ideas to the club, which could inspire the players to perform for the former defender. As a person who is likely to have only recently gained his coaching badges after retiring from playing football in 2016, he could bring something different, something more modern to the first team.

Tate’s style of play is likely to differ from Graham Potter’s which could get the best out of the players and improve their league position next season as a result, not forgetting that Swansea City are still a newly-relegated side after dropping down from the Premier League at the end of the 2017/18 season.

Pro: He’s already at the club

As mentioned above, Tate is currently part of the academy staff at the Liberty Stadium.

This can only work in the former defender’s favour, who is likely to have worked with some members of staff for a number of years, both as a player and as an academy coach.

During his time as an academy coach, Tate is likely to have interacted with the first team players as well, getting to know them in the process. This could help Tate command respect from the players if he is appointed as a manager.

From last season’s transfer dealings, it seems like Swansea City’s new manager won’t have a lot of funds to play with this summer. Graham Potter had that exact dilemma in the last campaign as well.

Therefore, a few academy players at Swansea City are likely to be used next season, players which Alan Tate will be familiar with. This could work in Tate’s favour if he applies for the first team job.

Con: No first team managerial experience

Whilst managerial experience doesn’t always guarantee success, it helps massively, especially in a division like the Championship.

A manager’s job consists of so many roles: dealing with agents, communicating with the CEO and owners, keeping players happy, signing players, playing a role in selling players and much more.

Despite knowing the club very well, taking the manager’s job at Swansea City would be a huge step up for Alan Tate. The owners at Swansea City will carefully consider this when shortlisting candidates to take the big job.

Swansea City is a huge club that was recently in the Premier League, the owners may not want to gamble on a new manager. That could work against Alan Tate in his attempt of becoming the new manager.

Con: Possible fan anger at owners for possibly tainting Tate’s legendary status

Alan Tate is a Swansea City legend. However, is the manager’s job a poisoned chalice at the moment?

With a low transfer budget, despite the great calibre of players that the new manager would have at his disposal, there’s the argument that Tate would not be able to fully stamp his style of play and ideas on the first team squad.

The Swansea City fanbase could turn against the owners if Alan Tate’s legendary status at the club is tarnished by a disappointing managerial spell at the club. Some supporters have already voiced their displeasure at the American consortium being the current owners after overseeing the Swan’s relegation back to the Championship back in 2018.

The owners will be looking to change the supporters’ opinions towards them after a disappointing few years in charge at the club. Appointing the inexperienced Tate could be the wrong way of doing that.


A 21-year-old Reading FC fan and writer who graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in the summer with a degree in Journalism and Media Production. Other topics written about include politics, mental health and education.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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