Swansea City are set to end their month-long search for Michael Duff’s successor by naming Notts County boss Luke Williams as their new manager, according to The Athletic.
The Championship outfit have been without a permanent gaffer since parting ways with Duff last month, with assistant head coach Alan Sheehan having taken the reins on an interim basis since. The 37-year-old oversaw his third win in seven outings on New Year’s Day when the Swans defeated West Bromwich Albion by a solitary goal in what now appears to be his final game in charge.
It seems as if Williams will now take control having guided Notts County back into the Football League last season following their now-famous National League tussle with Hollywood-backed Wrexham. The Magpies needed a penalty shootout to eventually overcome Chesterfield in the play-off final in May, having picked up a staggering 107 points throughout the campaign, four less than the Red Dragons.
County have enjoyed their return to League Two and currently sit in fifth. However, they did top the table as recently as October, although recent form has seen them slip down the table.
We're delighted to announce the appointment of Luke Williams as our new head coach.
— Notts County FC (@Official_NCFC) June 14, 2022
As a result of the job he has done at Meadow Lane, the 43-year-old has consistently been linked with a move up the football pyramid. It now looks as if he has earned a shot at Championship football with Swansea, with The Athletic claiming that the Welsh outfit are currently in advanced talks with the fourth-tier club regarding a compensation package for Williams and his assistant Ryan Harley.
The ex-Swindon Town boss has been consistently linked with the role at the Liberty Stadium, having previously spent time at the club as a coach under then-manager Russell Martin between 2021 and 2022. Addressing the rumours at the time, Williams said:
“It’s natural (to be linked) because I worked there.
“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 (at Notts County).”
Swansea are next in action on Saturday when they entertain League Two’s Morecambe in the FA Cup third round. They will be hoping an announcement can be made prior to the fixture ahead of what could be his first league game in charge on January 13th against managerless Birmingham City.
This is the appointment that Swansea have been chasing for some time now and they will be delighted to have landed their man. Williams is a coach with a big reputation following his exploits at Notts County and is widely regarded as one of the brightest young talents in the lower leagues.
It’s a big blow for Notts County, who are targeting a second successive promotion. They will be looking at bringing in a man with experience of getting out of that division themselves.