Graham Potter has been appointed as the new Brighton manager, replacing Chris Hughton, who was sacked after the last game of the 2018-19 Premier League season.
Swansea had offered Potter a new contract in an attempt to ward off interest from the Seagulls, who finished in 17th in the top flight, only two points above relegated Cardiff. However, after the Championship side initially rejected Brighton’s approach, the former Östersund manager was unveiled on Monday afternoon.
The Brighton chairman, Tony Bloom, had wanted to appoint a new manager as quickly as possible to aid pre-season planning ahead of the 2019-20 campaign. Potter, who turned 44 on Monday, had two years left on his current deal at the Liberty Stadium.
Appointed last summer, Potter guided the Swans to a 10th-place finish in the Championship last season. Potter was credited with playing an attractive brand of football, even though financial constraints at the Welsh club led to the loss of 16 first-team squad members.
Brighton will be hoping Potter, who won three promotions with Östersund and steered them into the Europa League, can help to move the south-coast club forward.
Under Hughton, the Seagulls managed just two wins from their 18 league matches after the turn of the year. Following Potter to the south coast as part of his backroom staff are Billy Reid, Bjorn Hamberg and Kyle Macaulay.
“I was sold by the long-term vision and passion shown by Tony Bloom, Paul Barber and Dan Ashworth. The ideas and plans they have for the future of this football club excited me; I am thrilled and honoured to be a part of it,” Potter said.
“This club has been on an incredible journey and my aim along with [my team], is to ensure the great work that has gone before us is built on, as we strive to cement our place in the Premier League for many years to come.”
Potter indicated he would aim to bring his own style to a side which was often perceived as being somewhat negative during the closing matches of Hughton’s tenure.
“I have always tried to play football in a positive way, but we have to look at the strengths of the players,” the new Brighton boss said. “In any team you have to be defensively organised, but we will look to bring a combination of both.”
Bloom said: “We are delighted to have secured the services of one of the brightest young English coaches. Graham Potter has an excellent record of developing teams with an attractive playing style, fierce determination and a strong collective spirit.
“We are excited about our third successive season in the Premier League and we now wish to build on the solid foundations laid by Chris Hughton. We believe that Graham is an excellent fit for our club and we are very much look forward to working with him.”