Russell Martin has been appointed as the new manager of Swansea on a three-year contract.
he former Scottish international moves to Liberty Stadium from MK Dons, despite initially rejecting the Swans’ approach.
The Sky Bet Championship club, which lost to Brentford in the play-off final last season, refused to give up and will pay around £ 400,000 in compensation for Martin, who replaces Steve Cooper and will be joined by Luke Williams, Matt Gill and Dean Thornton. of his coaching staff at Milton Keynes.
Chief Executive Julian Winter said on the club’s official website: “We are delighted with the appointment of Russell as our new head coach.
“He really fits the profile of a hungry young coach who wants to succeed. After earning praise from Milton Keynes Dons for the attractive and aggressive style he implemented, we quickly realized that Russell would be the right person to move us forward.
“He was captain of Peterborough and Norwich, as well as winning promotion on five separate occasions (as a player), which tells you everything about his leadership qualities and his winning mentality.”
Martin was named to Stadium MK in November 2019 and guided the club away from relegation danger in his first season.
Last season, the Dons finished 13th in Sky Bet League One and only Manchester City and Barcelona had a higher possession percentage in Europe.
Swansea made an official approach for Martin on Friday, the day before the Dons’ first game of the season, infuriating the Sky Bet League One club.
They lost 5-0 to Bournemouth in the first round of the Carabao Cup, Martin’s last match in charge.
A statement from Dons on Saturday read: “MK Dons can confirm that Swansea City has made an official approach to speak with Russell Martin about his vacant managerial position.
“To our extreme disappointment, this was received less than 24 hours before our first competitive game of the season. To minimize disruption to our players and our match preparation, it was decided that this would be discussed after today’s match. “
Former Chelsea number two Jody Morris had been a contender for the Swansea job, while QPR assistant chief John Eustace seemed ready to take over but opted to stay with the Rangers after holding talks with the Swans.
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