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Brighton says they are not gambling with Potter

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: Swansea manager Graham Potter looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Swansea City at The Hawthorns on March 13, 2019 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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The English Premier League team says they have all the confidence on the work Potter can do with the team for the next season.

Brighton and Hove Albion signed Graham Potter as their new manager on a four-year contract.

And many fans and football experts think this is a big gamble for the English Premier League team.

But the club’s chairman Tony Bloom doesn’t believe that.

“I certainly don’t think it’s a gamble,” Bloom was quoted by The Irish Examiner.

“Once we’d made a decision to get a new manager in — we’d done a lot of work previously on potential head coaches — quite quickly Graham became the outstanding candidate.”

“He’s an excellent coach. He did a superb job at Swansea in really difficult circumstances. He’s great with the players. Sometimes, not making a decision or going for a more obvious choice is a bigger gamble,” he added.

“Graham’s appointment fits in perfectly. Any time we hire a new head coach, it is for the long-term. I know that doesn’t always happen the way you want it to, but I sincerely hope and expect Graham to be with us for a long time.”

“The players will be happy to hear that on their sunbeds. But the concept that it’s important to understand the individual and the person, as well as the footballer, is a helpful concept to have regardless of the competition,” he said.

“I’m not expecting a massive amount (of money to spend). Any football club will look to use the window to try to improve, and that’s a normal process, but my focus has always been on trying to help the players who are already here.”

“I have (improved) enormously, on and off the pitch. I had great challenges in turbulent times, especially around the transfer windows. I had the responsibility at a football club who had lost its way, had lost a bit of the belief and identity that it wanted to get back,” he concluded.