FORMER York City left-back Graham Potter appears poised to take charge of Swansea.

The 43-year-old - who cut his coaching teeth with an under-13s York side that would go on to become arguably the club’s best youth team since the turn of the century - has confirmed he is in discussions to take over at the Liberty Stadium.

However, he said his appointment - replacing Carlos Calvalhal, who departed following the Swans' relegation from the Premier League - was not yet a done deal.

“I have to talk to them (Swansea) a little more,” said Potter, who was also linked to the Rangers job last month before Steven Gerrard got the gig.

“Obviously it’s a big challenge to take the club back to the Premier League and give them an identity, so it’s clear that it’s interesting, but there’s still a long way to go.”

Potter, who played for Birmingham, Stoke and West Brom before making 114 appearances for the Minstermen between 2000 and 2003, took over at Swedish club Ostersunds in December 2010 and led the unfancied minnows from division four up to the top flight, and then into the Europa Cup after lifting the domestic cup.

They reached the round of 32 before losing 4-2 on aggregate to Arsenal - despite a memorable 2-1 in the second leg at the Emirates Stadium.

Ostersunds chairman Daniel Kindberg confirmed the former England Under-21 international had been given permission to speak to Swansea.

“He (Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins) asked me if he could speak to Graham and make his case – and I have given permission,” Kindberg said.

“This does not mean Graham leaves, we are not there.

“I will always allow anyone to talk to him, we have confidence in Ostersund.

“It’s quite simple. Graham and I have been working together for a long time and have always been sincere with each other.”

The youth team that Potter coached at York went on to finish as runners-up to Hull City in the 2009/10 Football League Youth Alliance north-east table.

He is now set to become Swansea’s sixth manager in four years amid a backdrop of fans’ unrest with the board.