It seems like Graham Potter is now back in the frame for the vacant manager’s role at Tottenham Hotspur…
According to talkSPORT reporter Ian Abrahams, Spurs’ managerial search is now a two-horse race, in which the Brighton and Hove Albion boss is being considered.
This has since been backed up by claims from The Athletic, where Jack Pitt-Brooke suggested the North London outfit could go back to their initial shortlist of options, which would see the 46-year-old come back in contention.
The Solihull-born coach, previously of Swansea and Ostersunds, has also been backed by ex-Lilywhites striker Darren Bent, who dubbed him “exceptional” to talkSPORT this week.
In Potter, chairman Daniel Levy could go back to what has worked for the club before as it would bear plenty of similarities to the time they poached Mauricio Pochettino from Southampton.
The Argentine wasn’t at St Mary’s Stadium for long as Spurs turned to him to replace Tim Sherwood in 2014 after he guided the Saints to their best finish since 2003.
“We were talking off-air about when Tottenham brought in Pochettino. He’d only been at Southampton for five minutes before they took him, so they could go down that route again,” claimed Danny Murphy on talkSPORT when Potter was first linked.
But the Seagulls coach also earns comparisons to the current Paris Saint-Germain boss for two more reasons.
His development of young talent – seen by the likes of Ben White, Tariq Lamptey and Yves Bissouma – and an attacking brand of football that The Athletic have described as possession-heavy and highly intense, with the side playing out from the back.
These are the criteria that Levy has always been looking for throughout this process, as per the Guardian. Effectively, he wants his next Pochettino. And he’ll get close to it in Potter.
On the face of it, a 16th place finish is nothing to shout home about but the Brighton supremo has earned glowing endorsements from some elite names in the managerial game.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp labelled him “exceptional” whilst Man City’s title-winning manager Pep Guardiola believes he’s “the best” English coach right now, also claiming that he would love to play in his system.
Perhaps most interestingly, it would be an appointment that the players would surely be pleased with after it was claimed by football.london’s Alasdair Gold that Potter had left a “lasting impression” on the current squad.
“Spurs certainly liked him and I know that a number of the players had been impressed by his Brighton team when they played them,” he added in a recent Q&A with fans.
Again, the Argentine was very popular with his team, so on the above evidence, the 46-year-old could well be Tottenham’s next Pochettino.
AND in other news, Fabrizio Romano reveals new candidate in Spurs’ managerial search…