Brighton have moved quickly to replace manager Chris Hughton by appointing 1/8 odds-on favourite Graham Potter.
The former Ostersunds boss was attracted to the Amex after his £3m release clause was broken by the Brighton board, subsequent to guiding money-strapped Swansea City to a very respectable 10th place in the Championship table.
Brighton finished 17th this season and after losing 4-1 at home to champions Manchester City on the final day, they knew they that accumulated only eleven of a possible 57 points in the second half of the season, compared to 25 in the first half.
They would have finished in the top-half if they had replicated such form into 2019, but instead were jousting with Cardiff City for a place in the Premier League. However, on the penultimate matchday, Hughton’s men nicked a draw at the Emirates to secure safety for a second consecutive season.
One could argue Potter overachieved with the Swans, after selling 16 first team players to reduce wages and comply with financial constraints. This season has seen the emergence of young stars such as Daniel James, targeted by Manchester United, and Oliver McBurnie.
Seagulls’ should expect some unorthodox and unconventional methods of coaching from Potter. Whilst in Sweden, he encouraged players to take part in community activities such as theatre and music production. It certainly worked for him though, guiding the side to three promotions and a famous Europa League run in which they won at the Emirates.
A strange appointment by Brighton, but one which could bode well for their future. We shall see what comes of it in the new season.