Brighton boss Potter is ‘obvious long-term successor’ to England manager Gareth Southgate when his deal runs out in 2024

BRIGHTON boss Graham Potter is seen as “the obvious long-term successor” to England manager Gareth Southgate, according to reports.

Potter, 46, has done wonders at Brighton, with limited resources, with the club currently 10th in the Premier League table following Saturday’s 1-0 win at Tottenham.

Gareth Southgate led England to the Euros 2020 finals last yearCredit: AFP

Graham Potter's Brighton claimed surprise wins over Arsenal and Spurs in their last two games

Graham Potter’s Brighton claimed surprise wins over Arsenal and Spurs in their last two gamesCredit: Reuters

Respected journalist Henry Winter believes Potter is now in pole position to replace Southgate, 51, who has a contract to lead the national team until December 2024.

Winter wrote in The Times: “The Brighton and Hove Albion head coach is viewed by some around the England camp as Gareth Southgate’s obvious long-term successor and his popularity at the FA will have been enhanced by the way he set up his team tactically to negate Tottenham Hotspur’s strengths.”

Potter is one of the favourites to eventually succeed Southgate, along with Newcastle boss Eddie Howe and Norwich manager Dean Smith.

Potter, who has a Master’s degree in leadership and emotional intelligence, began his managerial career at Swedish minnows Ostersund where he won three promotions in five seasons, followed by a first major trophy and a spot in the Europa League.

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He spent two years at Swansea before taking over at Brighton in 2019.

Last November he spoke about his England ambitions.

Potter said: “If you’re looking at international football and you’re an Englishman, then of course it’s the pinnacle.

“You can see the Champions League and club football is also a pinnacle.

“The England job is a fantastic job and Gareth (Southgate) has done an amazing job there and long may he continue.

“I can’t sit here and say anything else. My focus is on Brighton and Hove Albion.

“I would be very foolish to think of anything other that that because in six months’ time the table might look a lot different and people might think, ‘No chance with this guy’. That’s how it is.”


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