Match Preview Special – Graham Potter on a unique ride in management and how he made Brighton a force

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Leicester are stuck to the bottom of the table in Premier League under their manager Brendan Rodgers, while Brighton are flying high and are in 4th position.

The Seagulls are on 10 points and do look stronger than ever with a team put together with cleverness and football understanding.

The work of Graham Potter is a masterclass act as TCF did also follow his development at Ostersund, taking this team from the 4th tier up to the top flight and bringing home a win vs. Arsenal at The Emirates as they qualified for Europa League action as cup winners of Sweden.

Graham Potter was approached in 2011 with a vision to bring this club to the top. A thrilling challenge but still also something few would believe in. It all started with analysing the game as it is, planning a route to success that made it possible to climb. The key to everything was Graham Potter as his vision and mindset made it possible. He left the club in 2018 after 7 years in charge, then established in the top tier, but without Potter and a number of other difficulties, Ostersund are on a downhill ride, being stuck at the bottom of “Superettan” (The 2nd tier) at present.

Swansea came next for Graham Potter. The Swans had just been relegated from the top flight and the job to bring them back up was his first chance in English football. Swansea were in and around the play-off positions and during that season Brighton had an approach turned down as they wanted Graham Potter earlier. Swansea finally finished 10th and Graham Potter moved on to join Brighton.

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The work at Brighton started similar to previous jobs and as a manager you will set your standards early on and identify what your road forward should be. His first match in charge was against Watford bringing home a 3-0 win. Potter is in his 4th season at The Amex, with previous PL finishes, 15th, 16th and 9th, the latter being the best ever in the clubs history. Potter is making his mark as he know looks to bring even more success for The Seagulls.

Graham Potter is highly educated in science and sports having several degrees and done university work before making the odd decision to move into management with a Swedish 4th tier team. Potter will soon become a sought after Premier League manager but will carefully decide his next move and not do anything before he knows it’s right. He will easily sniff out problems and not go for the obvious.

His aim probably is to bring European football to The Amex and by that have reached almost an impossible goal. Graham Potter will most certainly be approached by other more major clubs if they are in need of a new manager, but without any experience from running a club of higher dimentions and pressure of instant results and of course having players in a different category, he might have to change his approach to the style and programme he use.

From a football perspective he does have a pragmatic approach to use of systems and how he brings results to the table but in all using an attacking style based on possession. He is said to be influenced by Pep Guardiola and Roberto Martinez as he follows a path of the same. The key to football is to base every act you bring forward on progress and bringing home a result of statisfactory.

He has since his arrival at Brighton been on the same transfer model as Leicester as big assets are shipped out to fund new signings. Ben White moved to Arsenal last season for a fee of £50million, Marc Cucurella (Chelsea), Neal Maupay (Everton) and Yves Bissouma (Spurs) all moved on this summer for massive amounts, bringing in a total of almost £110million with add ons. Graham Potter is not complaining as he continues to invest and cleverly in partnership with owners builds a future ground to work from. Brighton spendings are less than £50million as the club works on without complains.

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