With pre-season edging closer, the appointment of a new head coach at Swansea City becomes all the more urgent, with a host of names being linked with the post, as reported on Wales Online.
The Swans are looking for a new manager following Graham Potter’s departure to take up the reins at Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League, after a first season in English football that saw his side achieve a 10th placed finish in the Championship.
So of the names in the running, who would be the best managerial appointment at Swansea?
“I think Appleton is the best contender at the moment.
“He is someone with knowledge of the Championship and made a solid impact at West Brom last season.
“He is also someone who can work within Swansea’s tight financial framework, so I think he should be a front runner.”
“Michael Appleton. He has proved he is a promotion winning manager, albeit at a lower level, but he clearly has something about him to continually get top coaching jobs.
“He would work well with the young players there and fits Swansea’s philosophy of playing possession based attacking football.
“Gus Poyet is also a very good candidate, but unlike Poyet I think Appleton will stick around for the long-term and reward Swansea’s faith in him, which is what they need after having so many managers in recent years.”
“I quite like the sound of Gus Poyet.
“It has been a while since he has managed at Championship level but he has done well at this level before.
“The names being touted are far from the most exciting, however, and it is not going to be a successful season for the Swans.”
“I think Chris Coleman.
“He flopped at Sunderland, but their problems ran much deeper than they appeared. He was on to a hiding to nothing there.
“He would be a great appointment, invoking some of that Welsh spirit that served the club so well in the past.
“Personally, I think Lee Bowyer is the right man for the job but I’ve not seen him linked.”