Swansea City will have a new manager in the dug-out for the Championship opener at Ewood Park after appointing MK Dons boss Russell Martin.

The Swans agreed a compensation figure with the League One side to bring in Martin as a replacement for Steve Cooper who left the Liberty Stadium last month.

QPR assistant boss John Eustace had looked set to take over, until a change of heart, which saw the play-off finalists turn to 35-year-old Martin as Cooper’s replacement.

Swansea approached Martin ahead of Dons’ Carabao Cup tie at Bournemouth, with the move wrapped up over the weekend, in time for the opening fixture at Ewood Park.

He will take charge for the first time on Monday, and CEO Julian Winter said: “He very much fits the profile of a young and hungry coach who wants to succeed, and he is more than ready for the opportunity.

“After earning plaudits with Milton Keynes Dons for the attractive, attacking style that he implemented, we quickly realised Russell would be the right person to take us forward.

“We were also seeking someone with a passion for working with and developing young players. Russell ticks all those boxes.”

Martin went into management after a long playing career, the main chunk of that spent at Norwich City where he was a team-mate of Daniel Ayala and Bradley Johnson.

He was appointed manager at Stadium MK in November 2019 and won 30 of his 80 games in charge.

An MK Dons statement read: “It goes without saying that we are extremely disappointed by the timing of this departure. Nevertheless, the club would like to thank Russell for his contribution and work during his 21 months in charge and wish him, and his team, all the best for the future.”