Brighton have dismissed suggestions their appointment of Graham Potter as manager on a four-year contract represents a “gamble”. Potter was unveiled on his 44th birthday as the successor to the sacked Chris Hughton, having managed in the English Football League with Swansea for only one year.
The experienced Hughton’s departure, after Brighton again preserved their Premier League status and reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup, was also criticised but the club’s chairman Tony Bloom, who built his fortune as a gambler, insists Potter’s arrival is far from a risk.
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“I certainly don’t think it’s a gamble,” Bloom said. “Once we’d made a decision to get a new manager in -we’d done a lot of work previously on potential head coaches -quite quickly Graham became the outstanding candidate. “He’s an excellent coach.
He did a superb job at Swansea in really difficult circumstances. He’s great with the players. Sometimes, not making a decision or going for a more obvious choice is a bigger gamble. “Graham’s appointment fits in perfectly. Any time we hire a new head coach, it is for the long-term. I know that doesn’t always happen the way you want it to, but I sincerely hope and expect Graham to be with us for a long time.”
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