Sky Sports reporter Michael Bridge has questioned whether the clamour surrounding Brighton boss Graham Potter is justified but feels he would jump at the charge to manage Tottenham.
Potter is currently in his third season in charge of the Seagulls. He guided the south-coast outfit to a 16th-place finish in 2019-20 and beat that by one spot last term. But it is the start to the current campaign Brighton have made that has caught the eye.
Traditionally a side from the lower reaches of the division, the Amex outfit are currently mixing it with the big boys. They sit sixth in the table after seven games, with 14 points to their name.
Potter’s charges are level on points with both Manchester clubs plus Everton and are just two points behind table-topping Chelsea. It is not only results that have stood out in 2021-2022 but the style of football they play.
Brighton are easy on the eye and that has attracted the attention of Spurs. Current manager Nuno Espirito Santo has failed to impress during the early part of his tenure.
The north Londoners are currently eighth in the table as they seek a return to Champions League football. Chairman Daniel Levy is said to be unhappy with the way things are going and has been tipped to act if they do not improve.
A few pundits have suggested they would not go far wrong by appointing Potter. But the Telegraph reported last month that he is not interested in the post because of Levy’s reputation.
However, Bridge doesn’t see it that way and believes the 46-year-old would not be able to resist the move.
“I think with Potter, that’s a little bit from certain journalists having a prod at Levy,” he told GIVEMESPORT.
“I look at Graham Potter and think ‘would you really turn down the Tottenham job?’ You’re never going to get the Man City job, You’re never going to get the Liverpool job, you’re never going to get the Chelsea job.”
Jury out on Potter
Potter cut his managerial teeth in Sweden with Ostersund. He spent seven years at the club and achieved three promotions, guiding the Jamtkraft Arena outfit into Sweden’s top division.
He was then in charge of Swansea City for one season before jumping ship to join Brighton. The Solihull-born tactician has enhanced his reputation with his present employers.
But Bridge is yet to be convinced that he is as good as the media believe.
“I’d be sceptical about what I’ve read about Potter,” he added. Everyone is on the Potter train at the moment and with good reason, but I was saying in the summer, he’s had a good few seasons.
“But he only finished four points better off than Chris Hughton did, so I wasn’t sure. I’m still not if I’m being honest with you.”