Brighton & Hove Albion boss tipped as future England manager plus Arsenal, Everton & Spurs verdicts

Brighton & Hove Albion boss Graham Potter has been tipped as a potential future England manager, as the 45-year-old's attractive style of football continues to receive positive attention.

Wednesday, 3rd March 2021, 10:15 am
Brighton & Hove Albion manager Graham Potter tipped as future England manager. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

This season, and especially of late, the Seagulls' inability to take their chances in-front of goal has seen them move perilously close to the relegation zone, with their shot-goal conversation rate of just 5.5% ranking among the worst in the Premier League, and their xG (expected goals) rating consistently at the opposite end of the scale.

However, despite his side's frustrations, Potter has continued to garner plaudits for his positive approach throughout the 2020/21 campaign.

Speaking on the Ornstein and Chapman podcast, The Athletic's David Ornstein responded to Adam Crafton's query of whether Potter could be considered for roles such as the Arsenal, Spurs, or Everton job in the future.

He responded: "Whenever I watch Brighton...I have been blown away by some of the football they've played. Everybody absolutely knew what they were doing and how they were meant to be doing it.

"I know that within the game he is extremely highly thought of. His transition into English football - maybe a younger version of Roy Hodgson in that sense - doing his time and really impressing at Swansea, and similarly on and off the pitch at Brighton in terms of the way he's gone about things."

He continued: "I don't hear him mentioned in the Tottenham and Arsenal conversations just yet, I'm not sure about the Everton-type conversations - they made an excellent appointment in Carlo Ancellotti.

"But, I do hear people hear people within the game talking about him in the FA-style set-up as a potential future England manager.

"The way that Potter's come through - his background, his style of play, his connections within the game, the regard in which he's held - he's seen as a very dependable, clean sort of character that somebody like the FA might look to in the future."

As things stand, bookmakers Paddy Power currently rate the Seagulls manager's odds of becoming Gareth Southgate's eventual successor at 12/1, behind the likes of Eddie Howe (7/1) and current favourite Sean Dyche (5/1).