It’s been a good few days for a couple of ex-Silkmen, who have earned themselves new managerial roles.
Graham Potter has moved from Swedish side Ostersunds FK to Swansea ahead of their first campaign in the Championship since 2011. Paul Harsley will take up the role of elite development squad manager at Manchester City, after leaving a similar position at Barnsley.
The two were team mates at Macc in the 2004-05 season, one which saw us lose out to Lincoln over two legs in the semi-final of the League 2 play-offs. Potter joined in February 2004 from Boston and quickly became a fans favourite due to his strong defensive play allied with an eye for goal which saw him net on six occasions in 2004-05. He retired from playing following his spell at the Moss. Harsley also signed in February 2004 and went on to be a fixture in the starting XI, making over 100 appearances by the time he departed for Port Vale in 2006.
Since retiring, both have been progressing in coaching and management. Potter begun his coaching career in University football and led the Ghanaian women’s side at the 2007 World Cup. From here he moved to Swedish fourth tier side Ostersunds in 2010. It was here that Graham’s reputation as manager was forged, as he secured three promotions, and won the Swedish Cup, a victory which saw them qualify for Europe for the first time. He has signed a three-year contract and will hope to secure an immediate return to the top tier for the side from South Wales.
Harsley also has a developing reputation in the game, albeit it primarily at a youth level. He has worked with young players at Scunthorpe, Birmingham and most recently, Barnsley, where he also had a short spell at caretaker manager. Paul has taken charge of Manchester City’s development squad that compete in Premier League 2, he replaces another ex-Silkmen Simon Davies in the role. It is sure to provide an amazing opportunity to work with Pep Guardiola and a challenge to see his players progress to the first team.
Good luck to both in their new roles