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Pundit questions Potter’s move to Brighton

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Ian Holloway has questioned Brighton’s decision to appoint Swansea City boss Graham Potter as their new manager.

Chris Hughton was sacked by Brighton last week after over four years in charge of the club, despite keeping the club in the Premier League and helping the team reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup this season.

Potter had emerged as the favourite to succeed Hughton at the Amex Stadium, after an impressive season with Swansea in the Championship and was eventually confirmed as the new head coach at the Amex Stadium on Monday.

However, Holloway has questioned Brighton’s decision to appoint Potter as their new manager and questioned their decision to sack Hughton in the first place, demanding an explanation from CEO Paul Barber.

“I really don’t understand and I’d love to ask you this: Is it what Graham did abroad? Because his record at Swansea was not glittering – 21 wins, 19 defeats,” Holloway said on talkSPORT.

“Chris took over when you were in the relegation places, and not only did he get you up to the Premier League, he kept you up. So I’m asking, why couldn’t Chris move you forward?”

Brighton CEO Paul Barber was quick to respond, insisting that Potter is the right man to take Brighton forward, admitting that the club had been impressed by what he had been able to achieve at Swansea this season.

“When we looked at Graham and what he’d done… I think you need to put what he did at Swansea into context, Ian,” Barber responded.

“He lost 16 members of his first team squad when they were relegated and the majority were what we would call ‘Premier League players’.

“Despite the squad being ripped apart, he not only managed to keep the club in the Championship, but he actually got them to tenth place within shooting distance of the play-offs. We felt that was a fabulous achievement.”

Potter was able to guide Swansea to a top-half finish in the Championship this season, on a relatively limited budget and helped the team reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

The Verdict:

To be honest, I was a little bit shocked at Brighton’s decision to sack Hughton, after he was able to keep the club in the Premier League.

Potter could be a good replacement for him, but he is nowhere near as experienced at managing in the Premier League, so his appointment does represent a risk for Brighton and I can understand why Holloway would question it.

It will be interesting to see what Potter is able to accomplish at Brighton and whether he can build on what Hughton has been able to achieve at the club over the past few years.


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