Former youth coach from New Zealand favoured to get Swansea City role

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Former Hawkes Bay United player Chris Davies is the bookies’ favourite to be appointed manager of English Championship club Swansea City.

Davies (38) is currently on the coaching staff of English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspurs, but the BBC reports Swansea see him as a leading candidate to succeed sacked manager Michael Duff.

Bookies have Davies the 6/4 favourite for the Swansea job, followed by former Southampton boss Nathan Jones (7/4) and former Birmingham City manager John Eustace (4/1).

English-born Davies has built a successful career in roles with Swansea, where he previously worked as an analyst for manager Brendan Rodgers, Leicester City and Celtic.

This followed a three-year stint in New Zealand when, in his early 20s, he tried to resurrect a playing career disrupted by arthritis.

Team Wellington’s Chris Davies (left) challenges Auckland City’s Daniel Koprivcic in a 2009 National League fixture. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.

Davies played national league football for Hawkes Bay United and Team Wellington and was encouraged to take up coaching by Hawkes Bay United’s Jonathan Gould.

He spent two years coaching players aged 12-16 for Hawkes Bay United, and then a year as Team Wellington’s U-16 academy coach.

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Swansea are 18th in the Championship, having won only one of their last eight matches.

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