Even though Swansea have rejected an initial approach from Brighton for Graham Potter, it seems inevitable that the manager will make the move to the Premier League side.
The former Ostersunds boss has forged a very good reputation within English football despite only taking charge of the Swans at the start of the season.
Therefore, the fans will be very concerned by the reports that suggest he will leave for the Seagulls.
Firstly, you have to look at the job Potter has done already. He arrived at a club that was in turmoil following relegation, had lost its better players and there were issues at boardroom level.
Despite that, he managed to get the focus back on the football, creating a stylish side with a way of playing that featured plenty of academy players.
That meant all those issues, including an alarming lack of support on transfers, weren’t highlighted as much because of the manager’s ability.
Pleasingly for Swansea fans, it also seemed as though a plan was in place. Many clubs and key figures talk about projects and building for the future but few actually act on it.
Yet it did seem to be happening in Wales. As mentioned, the academy players were coming through, with Daniel James the standout talent and the fans could relate to this exciting, young team.
So, to have the leading figure ripped away from it could be a disaster for the club and instead of looking up, they may fear a long spell outside the top-flight, particularly with key players likely to move on again.
Many clubs bigger than Swansea have been stuck in the Championship for years and several have even dropped into League One and there’s no reason why it can’t happen again.
Ultimately, the best way of stopping that is by appointing a manager in a similar mould to Potter but that is a very tough ask when you consider the work he has done.
It was always going to be a long, hard summer for the Swans they expected to lose the likes of James but Potter’s somewhat surprising expected departure will have a much more significant impact.
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