Graham Potter profile: All you need to know about Brighton managerial target

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

Swansea City manager Graham Potter is the bookies' favourite to become the new manager of Brighton & Hove Albion and his managerial style has proved popular so far.

The 43-year-old was born in Solihull on May 20, 1975, and made 320 appearances as a player before moving into management.


Starting his career at Birmingham City, the full-back went on to play for Stoke City, Southampton, West Bromwich Albion, York City, Boston United and Macclesfield and also had several loan spells.


Five years after retiring, 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.


The team were highlighted for their slick style of play and their ability to compete on a limited budget.


Ostersund won the Svenska Cup in 2017, which meant they gained entry into the second qualifying round of the Europa League where they beat Galatasary 3-1 over two legs.


Beating Luxembourg's Fola Esch and Greece's PAOK meant they secured entry into the Europa League and they went on to finish second in their group.


In the first knock-out round however, Ostersund lost 4-2 on aggregate to Arsenal, despite beating the Londoners 2-1 at the Emirates.


After an eight year stint at Ostersund, in 2018 Potter was appointed as the boss of Swansea City, who had just been relegated from the Premier League.


He has received plaudits for his work. Potter lost some key players in the wake of Swansea's relegation and 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.


Potter has been lauded for his commitment to bringing young players through, with the likes of Dan James looking likely to be sold on for significant profit.


However it is the style of play that has impressed most people, with Swansea playing a fast-paced, direct game that saw them score 65 league goals, the tenth most in the division. They also recorded the 11th best defensive record in the league, conceding 62 goals.


Swansea also had a good habit of gaining points from losing positions last season as they saved 17 points, more than 17 other Championship teams, highlighting the winning mentality that Potter demands.


For a first season in English football, and with a highly inexperienced team in transition, Potter did a very respectable job.


His fast-paced, expansive brand of football could suit Brighton's attacking players.


Reports suggest that Swansea would demand a £3million compensation fee should Potter leave the club but the Swans are understood to have rejected Brighton's initial approach to talk to the manager.

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