Notts County manager Luke Williams has reiterated his desire to concentrate on life at Meadow Lane amid reports linking him to the vacant position at Swansea City.
The Championship club have been on the search for a new boss since parting company with Michael Duff at the beginning of the month. The 45-year-old was only handed the job in the summer after leaving Barnsley following their defeat in the League One play-off final. However, the Swans opted to make a change following a run of one win in eight games.
Alan Sheehan has taken charge on an interim basis whilst the hunt continues and recorded a win in his first outing against basement side Rotherham United. A draw against fellow strugglers Stoke City followed before Middlesbrough emerged from South Wales with a 2-1 win last weekend.
It has already been confirmed that the Irishman will remain at the helm for tomorrow’s fixture against Preston North End and the Boxing Day clash with Southampton, but Swansea will be hoping to make an appointment before the New Year.
One man linked to the position is Magpies boss Luke Williams, who has performed wonders with the Nottinghamshire-based club since his appointment last year. He guided them back to the Football League in his first season in the now infamous National League tussle with Wrexham.
County have enjoyed a fantastic return to League Two and topped the table in September before Stockport County surged in front. However, a run of one win in their last four league outings has seen them slip to sixth. Despite that, Williams is a man who looks destined for a job higher up the pyramid and he has been linked to several vacant positions over the past few months.
Swansea are the latest, thanks in part to his previous relationship with the club after he spent six months as a coach under then-manager Russell Martin between 2021 and 2022. Via the BBC, the 42-year-old said;
“It’s natural [to be linked] because I worked there,” Williams said.
“Maybe somebody saw me in a coffee shop in Wales and put two and two together. But I actually live there and have lived there for nearly five years.
“It’s very flattering, but I need to concentrate on doing my job here.”
Notts County will be hoping to halt their poor form tomorrow night, although it doesn’t get any tougher than a trip to league leaders Stockport.
Luke Williams is a coach who will inevitably end up with a shot at a Championship club in the future. However, he has unfinished business at Notts County and will be fully focused on achieving back-to-back promotions.
Magpies’ fans will be keen for Swansea to draw a line under the speculation by making an appointment in the coming days and weeks. Until they do, their manager will continue to be linked, especially because he still lives in Wales. It wouldn’t be a major shock to see him depart Meadow Lane for the second tier outfit though.