Brighton owner hopes new coach will stay for the long term: “Graham fits in perfectly”

21 May 2019

Tony Bloom
Photo: Getty Images Brighton owner and chairman Tony Bloom made his fortune as a professional gambler. But he does not think that hiring Graham Potter is a gamble.

According to the club’s chairman, Tony Bloom, the former Swansea manager fits in perfectly and is suited for the long run.

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Peter Høyer ph@offthepitch.com

The Seagulls have hired the former Swansea manager, Graham Potter, as their new head coach, and the club’s chairman, Tony Bloom, has welcomed Potter with a few words. 

“At this stage in the development of our club, Graham fits in perfectly,” Bloom said in a statement. 

Potter agreed on Monday to a four-year contract and there are hopes from Bloom to keep the new coach for the long term. 

“Any time we hire a new head coach it is for the long term. Things may not always happen the way you want it to, but we sincerely hope he is here for a long time and advances our football club, building on the good work of Chris Hughton,” Bloom said.  

Besides managing Swansea for a single season from the summer of 2018, Potter has spent most of his managerial career at the Swedish club, Östersund. In his seven and a half years there, he led the Swedish club from fourth tier to first and secured a place in the Europa League where they did a sensational run with eight wins - one of them at Emirates -, three draws and only three defeats. 

 

Graham stood out

Bloom added that he, the technical director, Dan Ashworth, and CEO Paul Barber, all regularly monitor the development of young English coaches such as Potter.

“We constantly track head coaches so, if and when a vacancy occurs, we are ready,” he said and continued:  

“Graham stood out as the outstanding candidate and we have been aware of him for a number of years now and we were very impressed with the work he did at Ostersunds [sic] and, more recently, at Swansea with limited resources.”

Whether Graham will have more resources at Brighton depends on Bloom, but the club have lost over £74.4 million the last five years, only turning a profit from their promotion to the Premier League, which resulted in £11.2 million (2018).