Brighton Albion is currently searching for Graham Potter’s replacement following his departure to Chelsea last week.
Brighton management have been busy lately as they are weighing up the candidates for Graham Potter’s successor. The Premier League side seems to be targeting the unpopular or not-so-well-known figure instead of the famous but unattached ones such as Mauricio Pocchettino, Thomas Tuchel or Zinedine Zidane. The new boss is expected to continue the Potter’s work by developing the team in a long term. The Seagulls are now sitting on the top four in the standings. So, securing one spot to European competition is the fairly reasonable target of the season. Here are the top five names tipped as the best one to fill in Potter’s position.
- Kjetil Knutsen: The Norwegian boss is one of the most reputable manager in Scandinavia today. He managed to lead his first club, TIV Holding from the fifth tier to the third tier during his nine-year reign. His name began to emerge when he took charge of Bodo/Glimt in 2018 after working as the assistant manager. In 2019, Knutsen brought his side to finish second in Norwegian top flight, Eliteserien and won the league titles two seasons in a row in 2020 and 2021. In European competition, the 53-year old boss inspired his team to rout AS Roma 6-1 in Conference League last season before losing to the same opponent at the quarterfinals.
- Roberto de Zerbi: The Italian manager has been considered the perfect successor due to taking the similar path in his career to Potter. He managed to employ attacking football on the pitch plus excellent transfer strategy to develop the underrated teams. The former Palermo and Benevento boss has been highly praised during his spells in Sassuolo. He guided Domenico Berardi and Co to finish in top ten on the table in 2020 and 2021. He also led Shakhtar Donetsk to win a domestic title last season in their unfinished season.
- Steve Cooper. The current Nottingham Forest boss is another local manager who focuses more on the club’s development. Cooper was able to lead his team to clinch their Premier League return after missing out for 23 years. Previously, he brought Swansea City to EPL promotion playoff in 2020 and 2021. He was also the manager who led England U17 to capture their first ever world cup U17 title in 2017.
- Russel Martin. He is the current Swansea City manager. Despite lacking of experience, the former Norwich man has been widely regarded as talented manager. He has deployed the ball-possession-based game into his previous club, MK Dons in League One and surely his current side, although there has been no silverware yet.
- Nathan Jones. Another distinguished manager from the lower league, the Welsh boss has been highly complemented for his success in guiding Luton Town to League One promotion in 2018 and to Premier League promotion playoff in 2022. What’s more, he was once at the helm of Brighton as a caretaker in 2014.