New Brighton and Hove Albion boss Potter hired as long term appointment – Brighton & Hove Independent

New Brighton and Hove Albion boss Potter hired as \long term\ appointment - Brighton & Hove Independent

Wayne Routledge: Swansea players will be shocked by Graham Potter departure

Potter, who led Swedish side Ostersunds FK from the fourth tier to the Europa League in seven years, has signed a four-year deal with the Premier League club following the departure of Chris Hughton at the end of the season.

The appointment of Potter sees another young, English manager get a chance in the Premier League, and Bloom is confident that Potter can be the man to take Brighton to the next level.

He said: “I think Graham fits in perfectly. Any time we hire a new head coach it is for the long term. I know in the world of football it doesnt always happen the way you want it to, but I sincerely hope and expect Graham to be with us for a long time and hopefully to be in the Premier League and advance our football club. Im really excited about the appointment.”

But that was a slightly false economy: City are a level above at least four of the top six and their excellence is not representative of that group as a whole. Is it possible for that private party to be crashed next? Absolutely. Watford probably have further to go than we original believed and Everton’s recruitment remains too unproven to be trusted, but one imagines that Wolves will heavily outspend Arsenal – whose non-Champions League budget is suspected to be around £40m – and are in position to capitalise on Chelseas transfer embargo.

Bloom was also keen to shun the talk that appointing Potter is a gamble for Brighton, insisting that the 44-year-old is the right man for the club.

He said: “I certainly dont think its a gamble. Weve done a lot of work previously, always keeping tabs of potential head coaches, quite quickly Graham became the outstanding candidate.

9) How far will Southampton’s reinvention go? Ralph Hasenhuttl was the perfect tonic for Southampton at exactly the right time. His fresh ideas were welcome and necessary, but – tonally – he also cut an important contrast to his predecessor. Mark Hughes’ press conference began and ended with excuses, there was always someone else to blame, but Hasenhuttl has a more authoritative air; he brought accountability back to the south coast and that was reflected in the honesty and endeavour of the team’s performances.

Hes an excellent coach, hes done an superb job, particularly at Swansea in really difficult circumstances, hes great with the players, so sometimes going for a more obvious choice is a bigger gamble. I have no doubt in my mind that Graham is the right choice for this football club at this particular time.”

8) Will a stronger bottom half alter the approach of the nearly-doomed? This has been a weak Premier League season. Not only did Burnley, Southampton and Brighton all survive with 40 points or less, but the gap between them and the bottom three felt like a chasm. Huddersfield were relegated before the end of March and Fulham fell just three days later, meaning that only one place remained in play during the final months of the season. On top of which, Cardiffs limitations meant that Brighton eventually survived almost by default.

Swanseas Wayne Routledge says players will be left shocked and disappointed by manager Graham Potters departure.

6) How will UEFA’s presumed sanctions affect Pep Guardiola’s future? UEFA’s intentions remain vague. The New York Times’ report is now confirmed and Manchester Ciy have indeed been referred to the CFCB adjudicatory chamber. Clearly the organisation has an appetite to issue a Champions League ban, but whether they actually do and how severe it would be remains unclear. Any sanction would also presumably be met with strong legal resistance from the club themselves, so implementation would be a further hurdle.

Routledge says Potter was building something “special” at the Swans but has been named new Brighton manager.

“Its disappointing. I think hed done a really good job with what he came into, with a lot of outgoings and a lot of players who hadnt played a lot of competitive football,” Routledge said.

In that context, Norwich and Sheffield United are interesting propositions. The former are the better side, but each are constructed on something other than just heavy spending. Both sold highly influential players in the summer of 2018, both adapted and grew while still making a profit. City under Daniel Farke’s coaching, which blended so seamlessly with the club’s innovative scouting, and United under Chris Wilder, whose homegrown aesthetic belies a complex side playing intelligent, attractive football.

“Ive been here for a long time now and, like most fans are thinking, who can come in and keep the club moving in the right direction which we all think were heading?”

At the time of writing, there remains no progress on the sporting director front, other than to say that Rio Ferdinands candidacy is still being taken seriously. On the pitch, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s ethereal brand of coaching is guiding a side not fit for purpose, full of wavering focus and riddled with imperfection. And, with each passing day, Solskjaer himself  moves closer to his tearful goodbye, to the Di Matteo departure which his receding tactical credibility surely renders only a matter of time.

Swansea impressed under the former Ostersund manager, who achieved a top-10 finish despite seeing 16 players depart and only five arrive following Premier League relegation.

“It was starting to come together towards the end of the season and it nearly finished in something that was quite special,” Routledge added.

Its a pertinent time to raise the issue, because the homegrown talent pool has arguably never been deeper. And yet, contributing to that 30% has been Ademola Lookmans troubling situation at Everton, Phil Fodens minimal role at Manchester City, and the time it took Maurizio Sarri to trust Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi. English football may have reason to feel better about itself, but many of its old nemeses – limited playing time, cluttered pathways – are still at large.

“It didnt pan out, but it was still a season we could be proud of and you could see we were working towards something.

Mainly because it feels like a tipping point has been reached. What those sides all share is a preference to play on the back foot, a lack of attacking craft, and it seems as if more teams in the upper mid-table region are pivoting towards something more progressive. Wisely, too, because throwing punches against the elite has proven fruitful for Wolves and Watford, West Ham have also knocked over a few bigger sides, and Evertons record against the top six at home was excellent in the new year.

“(The players) have not spoken about it, but Id say the mood would be one of shock and disappointment.”

Here lies the problem and, ultimately, why this will inevitably become thunderingly dull within months of the new season beginning: fans don’t accept it. Sergio Aguero was offside before that goal was scored and had it been allowed to stand, Tottenham would have been cheated out of (what has become) one of the stories of the season. Within the same game, of course, Fernando Llorente’s crucial goal was also allowed to stand, despite a vague suggestion of handball.

Potter had said he was keen to retain the services of Routledge, who was announced on Saturday as being released upon the end of his contract.

However, it has been indicated there could still be a new deal for a player who has made 260 appearances since signing from Newcastle in August 2011.

Routledge says he has yet to receive a formal offer on a new deal, but is keen to stay having already waived a clause that would have triggered an extension.

“I had a clause if I played a certain amount of games it would trigger a new deal, but the way the club is financially it was never going to happen,” he said.

“I felt I could help the team so I approached the club to see if we could take it out if it meant I could play.”

In two weeks time, Tottenham could be European champions. A thrillingly ridiculous prospect. With that, though, would come the difficulty of re-motivating a side who have reached the pinnacle of the club game and who would most likely – and understandably – slacken once in possession of a major title. Essentially, how do Spurs keep hold of their intangibles once they finally grasp something real?

He was subsequently a regular under Potter, the former Crystal Palace, Spurs and QPR winger adding: “Theres been a small amount of dialogue, but no official paperwork or contract, its why I tweeted that if I have played my last game its been an honour; Ive loved every minute of it.

Season 2019/20 will be his fourth in English football and even though City have been designed specifically to house and harness his abilities, the nature of his coaching style may not be sustainable over long, semi-dynastic periods – and that seems particularly pertinent if a continental ban is forthcoming and hes denied the opportunity to lead another chase of Manchester Citys white whale.

“I have a club Ive played for a long period of time which is quite unusual in my career; I have an affection for the place.

“Ive said to the club Im willing to work with whats on offer as long as its something respectable.

“I cant wait forever, but I feel I can continue to help the rebuilding process and get us back to where we want to be. Its going to take a lot of work, but Id like to and Im willing to stay – but I cant stay without an offer.”

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