Swansea approach manager who delivered higher average possession than Pep Guardiola’s Man City last season – MK Dons boss Russell Martin

Swansea have made an official approach to speak to MK Dons boss Russell Martin over their managerial vacancy.

The Swans are on the lookout for a manager following Steve Cooper’s departure earlier this month.

Martin, 35, is one of the Football League’s most promising young managers

MK Dons confirmed Swansea’s interest in Martin and expressed their ‘extreme disappointment’ at the timing with a Carabao Cup first-round fixture against Bournemouth taking place on Saturday.

The League One club said: “MK Dons can confirm that an official approach has been made by Swansea City to speak to Russell Martin regarding their vacant managerial position.

“To our extreme disappointment, this was received less than 24 hours prior to our first competitive fixture of the season.

“To minimise disruption to our players and our match preparation, it was decided that this would be discussed after today’s game.

“It was not our intention to release a statement until after discussions regarding the approach had taken place but given the intense media speculation, we felt it necessary to confirm the situation to both our players this morning and to our supporters before the game.

Cooper led Swansea to back-to-back Championship top six finishes in his two seasons in charge

“The Club will make no further comment at this time while we focus on this afternoon’s fixture.”

QPR assistant manager John Eustace turned down the chance to become Swansea’s new boss last weekend, while Chelsea legends John Terry and Frank Lampard have been linked with the job.

Martin led MK Dons to an impressive 13th-placed finish in his first full season in management last term.

Impressively, Martin’s Dons had a higher league average possession rate (63.97 per cent) than Premier League champions Man City (63.73 per cent) during the 2020/21 campaign.

Russell’s style of play would suit Swansea

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