Brighton close on appointing Graham Potter new manager

Graham Potter. Picture by Getty Images
Graham Potter. Picture by Getty Images

Brighton & Hove Albion have closed in on naming Graham Potter their new manager according to reports.

The Seagulls have been heavily linked with the Swansea boss since sacking Chris Hughton last week and Sky Sports are reporting talks are set to be held after Brighton triggered the release clause in Potter's contract.

Swansea had offered Potter a new contract to try to keep him at the Liberty Stadium but Sky Sports reports he is keen for the challenge of managing in the Premier League.

BBC Sport reports Brighton will pay Swansea £3m in compensation for Potter and his coaching staff - assistant manager Billy Reid, coach Bjorn Hamberg and head of recruitment Kyle Macaulay.

Potter took his first step into professional management in 2010, entering the lower leagues of Sweden and taking charge of fourth tier side Ostersund.

Just five years later, Potter had guided Ostersund into Sweden's top tier for the first time in their history and then won the Svenska Cup in 2017.

Potter took over as Swansea manager last summer and has received plaudits for his work. After losing some key players in the wake of Swansea's relegation, he took over the second youngest squad in the Championship but managed to achieve a tenth place finish in a season that was highly transitional for the Swans.

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