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Potter honoured to be new Seagulls boss

 

Graham Potter
Graham Potter

By Declan Warrington

Brighton have announced Graham Potter as their new manager.

Swansea had offered Potter a new contract in an attempt to ward off interest from the Seagulls, who sacked Chris Hughton following the end of the Premier League season.

However, after the Championship side initially rejected Brighton's approach, Potter completed the formalities of a four-year deal ahead of being unveiled yesterday.

Following Potter to the south coast as part of his backroom staff are Billy Reid, Bjorn Hamberg and Kyle Macaulay.

"I was sold by the long-term vision and passion shown by Tony Bloom, Paul Barber and Dan Ashworth. The ideas and plans they have for the future of this football club excited me; I am thrilled and honoured to be a part of it," Potter said.

"This club has been on an incredible journey and my aim along with Bjorn (Hamberg), Kyle (Macaulay) and Billy (Reid), is to ensure the great work that has gone before us is built on, as we strive to cement our place in the Premier League for many years to come."

Brighton chairman Tony Bloom had wanted to appoint a new manager as quickly as possible to aid pre-season planning ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.

Appointed last summer, Potter guided the Swans to a 10th-place finish in the Championship last season.

Potter was credited with playing an attractive brand of football, even though financial constraints at the Welsh club saw him lose 16 first-team squad members.

"We had absolutely no desire to lose the services of Graham after the excellent work he had done over the course of his debut season," said Swansea chairman Trevor Birch.

"Unfortunately, after amicable discussions, Graham expressed a desire to challenge himself in the Premier League."

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