Brighton confirm Potter as new manager

Brighton and Hove Albion have confirmed the appointment of Graham Potter as their new head coach.

 

Potter penned down a four-year deal with the Seagulls after spending just a season with Swansea.

Attempts by the Welsh side to keep him at the Liberty Stadium proved futile despite lucrative offers to ward off Brighton’s interest.

Appointed last summer, Potter guided the Swans to a 10th-place finish in the Championship last season.

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Potter said via the club’s website: “I was sold by the long-term vision and passion shown by Tony Bloom, Paul Barber and Dan Ashworth.

“The ideas and plans they have for the future of this football club excited me; I am thrilled and honoured to be a part of it.

“This club has been on an incredible journey and my aim along with Bjorn [Hamberg], Kyle [Macauley] and Billy [Reid], is to ensure the great work that has gone before us is built on, as we strive to cement our place in the Premier League for many years to come.”

Brighton chairman Tony Bloom had wanted to appoint a new coach as quickly as possible to aid pre-season planning ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.

Bloom added: “We are delighted to have secured the services of one of the brightest young English coaches. Graham Potter has an excellent record of developing teams with an attractive playing style, fierce determination and a strong collective spirit.

“We are excited about our third successive season in the Premier League and we now wish to build on the solid foundations laid by Chris Hughton. We believe that Graham is an excellent fit for our club and we are very much looking forward to working with him.”

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