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Swansea City Sunday headlines as Swans make major appointment, Olivier Ntcham makes position point and Southampton line up Steve Cooper

These are your Swansea City headlines on Sunday, September 12.

Grey appointed academy manager

Jon Grey has been appointed Swansea’s new academy manager.

He steps up to succeed Mark Allen, who is now the club’s sporting director.

It is a major appointment for Swansea, considering how much emphasis they have placed on their youth set-up in years gone by.

“Jon is the perfect person to take on this role,” said Allen. “His association with Swansea City goes back to his formative years as a young scholar and professional, and he is passionate about the club.

“He forged himself a great career as a coach here and played a huge part in the development of many young players who have gone on to play in the first-team both here and at other clubs.

“This appointment is one that has come from within the club and I’m thoroughly looking forward to working closely with Jon moving forward.”

Grey has held various coaching positions at the club over the past decade or so, and his association with the Swans goes back to his playing days. Injury curtailed his professional career but coaching has seen his relationship with the club continue.

“I’m absolutely delighted,” said Grey. “I’ve worked at the club for a long time now and undertaken many different roles within that period.

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“I’ve learnt a lot from Mark since he arrived here in January and he has been very supportive to everyone within the academy.

“He has driven the standards up and I’m really looking forward to continuing that and keep striving towards the academy developing players to play for the first team at Swansea City and continuing the club’s tradition of giving young players opportunities.”

Ntcham happy with debut

New signing Olivier Ntcham says there is more to come from him after he made his debut against Hull City.

The summer recruit started against the Tigers and although he says he tired as the match progressed, his manager and supporters saw what he is capable of.

Once full fitness is achieved, Ntcham says he’ll hit even greater heights.

“I am really pleased with how it went on a personal note. I had some cramp after 70 minutes, so I had to come off,” he said.

“I haven’t played much this year, so I am really happy to be back on the pitch and playing again.

“The head coach said throughout the week that he’d talk to me about the game and how I was improving physically throughout the week.

“We both felt I was ready to start the game, and I was happy to have played for as long as I did.

“I had some good moments, and others where I was feeling tired, but that’s normal. I am not going to be 100 per cent straight away.”

Ntcham played in attacking midfield and linked up well with Joel Piroe and Ethan Laird all afternoon in SA1. The early signs are positive, the former Celtic man feels. He also identified the position he likes to play.

“We worked really well together, with and without the ball,” he added.

“I really like the attacking role in midfield because I can get forward and help the team attack. I also want to help the team defensively.

“I always express myself when I have the ball. When you chase the ball, it’s different, but when we have the ball we will shine.”

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Saints keen on Cooper

The Sun report that Southampton want Steve Cooper to be their manager – when the post becomes available.

Ralph Hasenhuttl is currently in charge at St Mary’s, with the Saints having started their season with three draws and a defeat on the south coast.

The same publication report that Cooper’s relationship with Southampton’s director of football operations Matt Crocker would put him in good stead should the position become vacant.

Cooper is out of work after leaving Swansea by mutual consent this summer. He was heavily linked with the Crystal Palace job before the Eagles decided upon Patrick Vieira as their new boss.

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