Potter favourite to replace sacked Hughton

Graham Potter is the red-hot favourite to become Brighton's next manager after Chris Hughton was sacked.

Potter, who led Ostersunds to the Europa League knockout stages before guiding Swansea out of potentially choppy waters in this season's Sky Bet Championship, has earned a reputation for getting teams to play fluid football on limited resources.

Potter is a 1-3 shot to replace Hughton with Frank Lampard and Phil Neville next on the list at 10-1.

Hughton gained promotion at Albion and kept them in the top flight for two seasons, also leading them to the FA Cup semi-finals this season.

However, they finished 17th and only just survived their relegation dogfight, finishing two points above Cardiff.

Chairman Tony Bloom told Brighton's official website: "Chris has done an excellent job over the past four-and-a-half years. First stabilising our club, reaching the playoffs in his first full season, securing our first ever promotion to the Premier League, and retaining our status in two successive seasons.

"Undoubtedly, this has been one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make as chairman of Brighton & Hove Albion, but ultimately one I have made due to how we struggled in the second half of the season.

"Our run of three wins from 23 Premier League matches put our status at significant risk. It is with that in mind, and the performances during that period, that I now feel it’s the right time for a change.

"Chris will always be very fondly remembered by Albion staff and fans as one of our club’s finest and most-respected managers."

Match in Focus

15:00 Sa 25May SKY

Newport Co v Tranmere

Home WinDrawAway Win
Key stats
  • Newport are unbeaten in 12 matches.
Expert verdict
Michael Flynn’s Newport headed into the playoffs as the fourth tier’s form side, securing seventh spot by finishing the season ten games unbeaten. Tranmere will know all too well about County’s disciplined defensive, having failed to score in both league meetings with them and, even with James Norwood leading the line, they look vulnerable.

 

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