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36-y/o former player declares interest in vacant Swansea City job

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Former Swansea City defender Alan Tate has declared an interest in the vacant managerial role at the Liberty Stadium, according to reports from BBC Sport Wales.

The Swans are on the lookout for a new manager having lost Graham Potter to Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion last week, with the club looking to improve on their 10th placed finish next season.

A host of names have been linked with the vacant job in Wales, with former Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis, Coventry City manager Mark Robins and former Sunderland boss Chris Coleman all mentioned.

But now, club legend Alan Tate has declared an interest in the job, and he is no stranger to the Liberty Stadium faithful, of course.

The 36-year-old made over 300 appearances for the club during an 11-year stay at the Liberty Stadium, winning six major trophies with the club including the League Cup in 2013 and he told the BBC he now wants the top job.

I have spoken to the new chairman [Trevor Birch] about different things. The club know where I am. The chairman is a football guy and an intelligent guy. He is getting the best people in the best places he feels to help the club go forward.

If he sees me as part of that now or in the future then great. I have never made any secret that I would love to do the [manager’s] job one day.”

Tate has experience of coaching, and is currently part of the coaching staff for the club’s academy side, so there would be no need to pay compensation for another manager.

The Verdict

I think this would be a risky move by Swansea, if they were to appoint Tate as their new manager.

He is obviously a fans’ favourite at the Liberty Stadium and would definitely unite the fans, but has he got enough experience?

To be fair, Lee Bowyer didn’t have a great amount of experience in management before he took the reins of Charlton, and he has now got them promoted after a year and a bit, so it can work but it’s a big call.

Thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.


Nottingham-based journalist who regularly covers Nottingham Forest home and away.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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