BBC pundit expects Graham Potter to reject Tottenham for Brighton stay

Former Brighton and Hove Albion man Warren Aspinall has called on the club’s manager, Graham Potter to rejected reported interest from Tottenham Hotspur.

Speaking to BBC Sussex, the 53-year-old claimed that he thinks the Englishman should and will reject the Lilywhites’ advances as they look to replace Jose Mourinho.

According to the Daily Mail, Spurs technical director Steve Hitchens will recommend the former Ostersunds coach to Daniel Levy as part of his shortlist to replace the recently departed Portuguese man.

Brighton and the north London outfit have enjoyed whirlwind campaigns in the top flight with the Seagulls battling relegation whilst Levy’s side looking likely to miss out on the Champions League.

When talking about the prospect of Potter leaving the club for Spurs, Aspinall said: “He can go to Spurs, could have one season and be out of the door, so yes, it is a big decision for managers. But, I think Graham Potter is a wonderful manager [but] it might not be right for him in this situation in his career. So that’s what I think, yes, they [Brighton] will knock it back for sure and I think Graham Potter will, he has got loyalty to Brighton football club.”

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TBR View: Big move will be a test of Potter’s loyalty

From a Tottenham point-of-view, they would be smart to hire a manager that has Brighton punching above their weight in terms of playing style and statistics.

Whilst the coastal club does admittedly sit at the wrong end of the Premier League table, the stats show that the 45-year-old has implemented a sensational style of play that has reaped some statistical rewards.

The AMEX Stadium side sit eighth in the table for the expected number of goals this season with just the finishing touch causing them to be at the wrong end of the top-flight. And in terms, of expected points for this year, only Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea are expected to have acquired more.

His progression of young players is also a testament to the hard work he’s carried out with the Sussex outfit with the likes of Tariq Lamptey and Yves Bissouma have sought attention from the big boys of European football.

However, like many managers who step into the big jobs in the Premier League, there is the question of just how long will Potter be given to implementing his philosophy.

Any reported interest will be a test to Potter’s ambitions to take his career to the next step. The uncertainty of time at a top club could be the reason why, as Aspinall has claimed, the Solihull-born man rejects the club for job security on the south coast.


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