'Has struggled': Micky Hazard not convinced by who Spurs reportedly want as manager
Tottenham Hotspur icon Micky Hazard doesn’t think that Graham Potter would be the right appointment for Spurs.
The north Londoners are currently on the lookout for a new permanent manager in wake of Jose Mourinho’s sacking, and the Brighton boss has been linked with the role.
According to a Daily Mail report earlier this month, 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 has secured another season of top-flight football with three games to go.
However, Hazard believes that appointing Potter wouldn’t bring the feel-good factor back to Tottenham.
“Potter of Brighton seems to want to play that way (exciting football), but there’s also a feel-good factor that we need when we make this appointment,” he told the Spurs Versus Podcast.
“We have to appease a lot of people, but I’m not sure Potter would appease in the way Bielsa or Rodgers might.
“Would Rodgers appease? I’m not even sure he would. At least he’s been at Liverpool and been successful at Celtic, so he’s got a background of relative success.
“Whereas Potter has struggled at the foot of the table, and while he’s done a good job, I’m not sure he’s the right appointment.”
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.
Potter seems very much in the Pochettino mould – a young, progressive manager with a good football philosophy who makes the most of his resources and can get players and teams punching above their weight.
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