Reported Tottenham Hotspur target Graham Potter is Alan Shearer’s managerial pick for his latest Premier League Team of the Week.
Spurs are currently looking for a new permanent manager following Jose Mourinho’s sacking.
According to the Daily Mail, Tottenham chief scout Steve Hitchen has Potter on his list of recommendations, while there are others at Spurs who rate him highly too.
The 45-year-old made a name for himself at Ostersund, steering the Swedish club from the fourth tier to the top flight, the Swedish Cup and a Europa League run.
Potter then joined Swansea in 2019 but within the space of a year he made the step up to the Premier League by taking the Brighton reins.
He has kept the south coast club punching above their weight and looks to have done enough to keep up in the top flight once more this season.
Last Saturday saw Brighton run out 2-0 winners over Leeds, a result that put them 10 points clear of the bottom three with four games left to play.
“Brighton & Hove Albion look safe now, and Potter has got them there playing good football,” Shearer wrote on the Premier League website. “He deserves a lot of credit.”
In the words of Derren Howard of the Brighton & Hove Independent, “Potter’s style of play is attractive, he is not afraid to develop young players and he’s also a calm personality, never one to chase controversy or headlines, which is perhaps just what Spurs need right now after Jose Mourinho’s turbulent reign.”
Tottenham gambled on the serial winner with the impressive CV but it backfired, and you can’t really say the club is in a better place now – or indeed the same place – as it was when Mauricio Pochettino was fired.
Perhaps it would be better to go down the Pochettino-style route of taking one of the Premier League’s best up-and-coming managers from a modest club, much like they did when they snapped the Argentine up from Southampton?