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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

With the clubs finances looking bleak in the wake of Premier League relegation in 2018, it is notable that 15 players who worked under Toshack have featured in the first-team squad.

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.”

And Brighton CEO Barber replied: Yes Ian, there were a couple of things that concerned us last season. We felt the performance levels the players were capable of were not there and we were struggling to reach the kind of performance levels we needed to not just survive in the Premier League, but to prosper.

Potter: From unflattering playing career to better coach

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

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.

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

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.

“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.

“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?”

“We will take this opportunity to put in place, behind the scenes, an organisational structure that will bring stability and ensure continuity so that any future managerial changes will have the minimum impact,” Birch said in a statement issued on Swanseas website.

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.

“Last season, seeing the young players, many of whom graduated from the academy, playing first-team football the Swansea Way, gave supporters great enjoyment and the new manager will have to buy into that philosophy.”

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

“I am going to enlist the help of professional recruiters to assist in finding the most suitable person for the position because it will play such a significant role in the future success of the club.

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

“Grahams departure was hugely disappointing but we now have to look forward to identifying a new manager who understands the clubs beliefs and is hungry to work with our young talent,” Birch added.

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

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.

“You always need a bit of fortune in life,” he said. “I’ve also worked very hard to get to this point. My unflattering football (playing) career came to an end at the age of 30, so I had to embark on a coaching career and try to learn how to be a better coach every day.

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.

“It’s not easy. I don’t expect it to be. I expect it to be really tough. But that’s why you take it on. That’s why I was impressed with what the guys here were talking about; good people who understand the process.

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“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.

Ashworth said: “The role of the technical director is to support the head coach, through player recruitment, through making sure the staff and training ground are functioning properly to allow Graham to focus on his job, which is getting the team ready for the game on the Saturday.

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“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.”

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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.

Potter arrived on a four-year deal yesterday along with the backroom team who worked for him at previous club Swansea.

“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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