It’s a gradual process but we’re starting to see more and more bright young coaches with new ideas get their chance in the English game.
It will take time, but with the likes of Swansea City offering Graham Potter the chance to shine, it’s clear there’s more of an appetite for such appointments.
With that in mind, then, we caught up with a modern and forward thinking coach in Kevin Nicholson who, at the age of 32, is the youngest man in the country to hold the UEFA Pro License and has experience of coaching in the Championship with Cardiff City.
Here’s what he had to say about the Swans’ new manager:
“Graham Potter has made a promising start at Swansea. It’s a tough job taking over at a club that has just been relegated from the Premier League and is about to embark on a 46-game Championship season because one of the first challenges to try and manage is the level of expectation.
“Some fans may expect the team to bounce back at the first attempt like I’m sure West Brom and Stoke will want to do as well.
“He certainly seems to have encouraged a positive spirit in the club. This was translated onto the field in the first match away at Sheffield United where they came from behind to win.
“It was also a brilliant game when they played against Leeds because of the mentality of both sides. It was like two home teams going up against one another and right up until the final seconds of the game, they both were going for the three points.
“Both teams played attacking and adventurous football and the two coaches showed their ability to change the game by using certain tactics.
“Swansea began by playing 4-2-3-1. Leeds playing 4-1-4-1. Swansea dominated the opening periods by breaking up Leeds attacks in midfield and mounting attacks of their own.
“Leroy Fer did a fine job of that on the night in Swansea’s midfield. They forced Leeds into mistakes and then kept possession in a purposeful way with quick, crisp forward passes.
“Bielsa responded decisively at key moments to enable his team to respond from going behind on two occasions. For example, he made a tactical substitution midway through the first half by bringing on Lewis Baker in place of Kalvin Phillips in midfield.
“Graham has taken a different route to many others to get to where he is now. He was unknown to many at the time so he moved abroad to work and gain some valuable experience in management.
“He took over a team in Sweden and did a wonderful job at Östersunds FK so he fully deserved his chance to come back into the English game and prove his worth at Championship level.
“He benefited from having a clear contract with Daniel Kindberg, the owner of Östersunds FK. Kindberg had a clear vision for the club and encouraged his manager to make it happen.
“One of the keys to his work at Swansea will be to get the backing required to deliver success and re-establish The Swansea Way.
“He’s currently trying to get back to that identity that Swansea had for so many years. Play attractive football, a passing game from the back, dominate the ball and create and score as many goals as possible. Again, he’s a new manager in the Championship and I hope he does really well.
“He is a shining example to other English coaches that may want to move abroad to work that you can do it and then get a move back into the English game at the top level if you are successful.
“There is no doubt that Graham Potter has the ability to enable players to perform and it will be interesting to see what he can achieve at Swansea.”
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