Graham Potter remains a managerial target for Tottenham Hotspur…
That’s according to The Athletic’s Jack Pitt-Brooke, who delivered a fresh update on the current situation in north London earlier this week.
Writing in a recent column where he suggested that Mauricio Pochettino was in talks with Spurs over a sensational return, he claimed that Potter was not yet ruled out as he is on a four-man shortlist for the job.
Given the various difficulties in getting the Argentine out of Paris Saint-Germain, the Brighton and Hove Albion boss is very much still in the frame for Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.
If Spurs cannot secure a return for their former manager, they might as well look to replicate his initial appointment with a coach who bears so many similarities to the 49-year-old.
At the time of his appointment in north London, Pochettino had made a name for himself at Southampton, leading them to eighth place in 2013/14 – their highest position since 2002/03 and their best points return at that time since the Premier League’s induction (Transfermarkt).
Potter has earned plenty of plaudits whilst in charge of Brighton, despite them scraping 16th place after flirting with relegation. As explained by the Brighton & Hove Independent, the Seagulls have made substantial progress on the pitch under his watch, regardless of results in the table.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp dubbed him “great” and suggested that the way his side were playing was “exceptional”, whilst Man City’s Pep Guardiola even claimed that he would love to play under Potter due to his style and lauded him as “the best” English manager right now.
That brand of football isn’t too different to what we saw under Pochettino in north London, and it’s widely thought that Levy is seeking an attack-minded manager who will commit to developing the club’s young players, very much in the ilk of the Argentine.
As per The Athletic, Potter’s system at the Amex Stadium is a possession-heavy approach with plenty of build-up play, whilst a low block and a high-intensity press is vastly different to what we witnessed under Jose Mourinho.
Furthermore, he is proven to rely on young players, with his Brighton side managing to rank fourth-lowest for weighted average age (26) in the Premier League.
Potter is also said to have left “a lasting impression” on the current Spurs squad, which should only bolster his claims in trying to secure the vacant managerial role.
The 46-year-old is clearly as close to Pochettino as you’re likely to get, so if negotiations to bring him back prove too laborious, then Levy must look to the Brighton manager instead.
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