Alan Tate hailed Russell Martin's football philosophy ahead of the MK Dons manager's expected appointment as Swansea City boss.

The Swans have been bidding to fill the ho-seat at the Liberty Stadium since Steve Cooper departed midway through July.

They were on the brink of appointing John Eustace as their new head coach last weekend before the Queens Park Rangers assistant performed a last-gasp U-turn.

But they are now closing in on making Martin their new boss.

And, although the deal is yet to be ratified, Tate believes Martin's preferred style of play would go down well with the Jack Army.

“I think he plays some good attractive stuff," he said.

"I haven’t seen too many MK Dons games if I am honest but I know he faced a challenge when he first took over and they were at the bottom. He managed to get them out of it.

“He had an up and down season last year I think it’s fair to say, with where they finished, but he has got a philosophy and he believes in it which is brilliant.

“If he can bring that here and get some consistency with it then the fans, the players and the club will be loving it.

“The passing style he does like to play is synonymous with this club, so hopefully he comes in and matches results with performances.”

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Martin is expected to be announced as Swansea's new boss in the coming days, although he will have to hit the ground running once his move to the Liberty Stadium is officially announced.

The Swans are in desperate need of further additions if they are to be competitive in the upcoming Championship campaign.

And caretaker boss Tate says it would be unfair for inexperienced youngsters from the academy to be thrown into the limelight in the second tier.

"There has to be strengthening in the squad. 100%," he stated.

"Where we get that from, I'm not sure. Whether it be people we buy, people we loan.

"That'll come down to the transfer strategy that the new manager, Andy Scott, Julian [Winter] and the powers that be, they will dictate what that strategy looks like.

"In terms of squad-wise, the squad definitely needs more players in it because, the plan for people like Lincoln [McFayden], Scott [Butler], Ben Lloyd, Dan Williams and Oli Cooper, all the lads that we ended the game with today which, to be fair, is a fantastic achievement for the academy, but in terms of being ready for first team football, Oli and Dan potentially could be, but the rest are far too young.

"There was a lot of hype around Ben, but we've got to remember Ben is 16. There is a plan for him and his development and being a first team player in the Championship at the minute isn't it."

Swansea kick-start their 2021/22 campaign against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on Saturday, August 7. Kick-off is at 3pm.