Danny Murphy endorses appointment of surprise name at Tottenham

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Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy could do far worse than turn to Brighton boss Graham Potter as a successor for Jose Mourinho, according to pundit Danny Murphy.

The Portuguese firebrand was axed last month, with former Spurs midfielder Ryan Mason taking the reins until the end of the season. However, it seems highly unlikely that he will be given the job permanently, with a number of names still linked to the position.

The Special One has since found himself a new job and will take charge at Roma next season.

Spurs have already been rebuffed by Julian Nagelsmann, Erik Ten Hag and Brendan Rodgers. However, names like Ralf Rangnick, Rafa Benitez and Roberto Martinez remain in the frame.

On Tuesday, it emerged that Scott Parker was now the favourite to take the hotseat. He’s performed well with Fulham, despite their struggles this season. He also has a connection to the club, having played for them between 2011 and 2013.

However, Tottenham technical performance director Steve Hitchen is said to have recommended the appointment instead of Potter.

On the face of it, Potter appears to be a maverick selection, given Brighton’s struggles this season. However, his playing style certainly fits the profile of the type of manager Tottenham want.

Potter has also earned plaudits from the likes of Pep Guardiola for the way the Seagulls go about their business.

An impressive stat from WhoScored has also revealed that only six top-flight teams have had more shots on target per match than Brighton. The south coast side have also averaged over 50% possession.

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has seen his side beaten twice by Brighton this season and he too has been impressed by Potter.

Now Murphy has explained why the Seagulls boss would be a decent appointment.

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“I understand [the link] because of the way Brighton play,” Murphy told talkSPORT.

“Similarly we were talking off-air about when Tottenham brought in Pochettino.

“He’d only been at Southampton for five minutes before they took him. So they could go down that route again. It might surprise one or two.

“Tottenham fans generally want someone who has been there and done it before, but they’ve just gone down that road and it didn’t work.

“So I’m not surprised he [Potter] is linked with the job, but we’ll have to wait and see.”

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Tottenham back in for Aarons

Meanwhile, Tottenham have reignited interest in a raid for Norwich full-back Max Aarons but could face a battle from a Premier League rival, a report claims.


The 21-year-old emerged as an exciting talent last season, as he appeared in 36 of 38 Premier League games. What’s more, he made himself a standout figure amid the Canaries’ relegation back to the Championship. As such, Spurs reportedly held interest in the Englishman last summer but could not convince Norwich to sell.

However, Aarons has whipped up further talk over his future this season by starring in 44 of 45 games to help Norwich seal an immediate Premier League return.

According to Football Insider, Tottenham have therefore rekindled their interest in the England Under-21 international.

Indeed, they have made the right-back’s addition ‘one of their main priorities’ this summer.

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