OFFICIAL: Brighton and Hove Albion appoint new coach – Futaa

OFFICIAL: Brighton and Hove Albion appoint new coach - Futaa

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.

Swansea under-23 coach Cameron Toshack emerges as contender to replace

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.

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

And the Seagulls CEO launched a passionate defence of the clubs move to appoint Englishman Potter – who enjoyed success in Sweden with Ostersund, where he won three promotions and led the minnows to glory in the Swedish Cup, as well a run to the Europa League knock-out stages.

“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.

When we looked at Graham and what hed done… I think you need to put what he did at Swansea into context, Ian. He lost 16 members of his first team squad when they were relegated and the majority were what we would call Premier League players.

“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?”

Hes a young English coach, hes educated, hes articulate, hes humble, hes got a great work ethic, hes got a good group of people around him and we feel hes very, very good choice for us to take our club to the next stage.

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.

If you go back to what he did in Sweden, he took a club in the fourth tier in Swedish football all the way to the top tier, he then won the Swedish club and he got them into the Europa League and came up against some very, very tough sides.

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

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

The Welsh club are looking for their seventh manager in five years after Graham Potters departure for Brighton on Monday and Sportsmail understands Toshack is being actively considered for the role.

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

Swansea have not put a timeframe on the search, which will focus on managers who they believe can give continuity to the work done by Graham Potter, who favoured possession-based football.

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.

Head coach Graham Potter and technical director Dan Ashworth will get down to business after a whirlwind day of finalising and signing contracts and meeting the media yesterday.

“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.”

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.

ALBION’S new top men are set for two days of talks which could lay the foundations for the club’s third Premier League season.

“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.

Albions Paul Barber, left, with Tony Bloom, Graham Potter and Dan Ashworth. Picture: Paul Hazlewood/BHAFC

“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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