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Swans hand Potter control of transfer dealings

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Manager Graham Potter will have the final say on new arrivals at Swansea City, the club’s owners have confirmed.

The move comes amid a shake-up in the way the club recruits new players by American owners Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan.

That facet of the club has been widely criticised by fans in recent seasons and is central to why many believe the club’s demise ended in relegation from the Premier League last season.

As part of the changes Kyle Macauley has been appointed as the club’s new Head of Recruitment. He has previously worked with Potter at Swedish club Ostersund.

It’s understood the shake-up means the exit of a number of members of staff from within the current set-up as Potter looks to make his mark on the job.

“At the end of last season, we talked about a strengthening and restructuring of our recruitment process and strategy in an attempt to avoid the mistakes of the recent past’ Levien, Kaplan and Chairman Huw Jenkins said in a statement.

“Graham will be at the forefront of those changes but will not be left to stand alone in the process and will receive plenty of support.

“Graham will be the single most important voice in the recruitment process.

“He is the leader and has the final say on the players we buy and sell within the financial framework set by the chairman and Board of Directors.”

Swansea City stalwart Alan Curtis has also returned to the club’s senior coaching set up as an assistant.

He previously stepped down from the post amid the arrival of Paul Clement.

With all the changes Swansea’s owners are hopeful that they can turn around their recent demise they openly acknowledge there is work to do to correct the errors or recent years.

“It is too early to start making rash promises.

“What we can say with some confidence is that we have implemented much of the changes necessary to make Swansea City fit for purpose once more.“Everybody has taken stock, taken a deep breath and will face the new season with an enthusiasm that the club will stand for something in which both the supporters and wider community can take pride.

That is the most important thing.”