Next Brighton manager: candidates to replace Graham Potter

Brighton and Hove Albion are looking for a new manager after Graham Potter took over Premier League rivals Chelsea.

The high-flying Seagulls are fourth in the top flight after a strong start to the season after finishing in the first half for the first time last season.

That comes despite the big sales of Yves Bissouma and Marc Cucurella over the summer.

The job will certainly attract many applicants.

Here we look at some potential candidates for the Amex Stadium vacancy.

Ange Postecoglou

Australian Ange Postecoglou took charge of Celtic in 2021 (Steve Welsh/PA)

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Celtic boss Postecoglou has emerged as an early frontrunner. The Australian helped the Hoops win back the Scottish Premiership title from the acrimonious Rangers in his first season at Parkhead, in addition to lifting the Scottish League Cup.

Whether the 57-year-old would be willing to swap Champions League football for a Premier League crack remains to be seen.

Kjetil Knutsen

Kjetil Knutsen (pictured) enjoyed a memorable win over Jose Mourinho (Liam McBurney/PA) last season

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The 53-year-old’s name keeps popping up when Premier League positions open up. He has guided Norwegian club Bodo/Glimt to two consecutive titles and has been named coach of the year in his home country for three consecutive seasons.

Knutsen gained wider recognition last season when he led the club to the quarter-finals of the Europa Conference League, where he beat Jose Mourinhos Roma – the eventual winners – 6-1 in the group stage.

Thomas Frank

Brentford Manager Thomas Frank (Nick Potts/PA)

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The shrewd Dane’s reputation has skyrocketed during his prosperous spell at current club Brentford. Frank arrived in England as an unknown quantity but ended the Bees’ 74-year exile in the top flight before scoring a place in mid-table last season.

A frosty relationship between Albion owner Tony Bloom and his Brentford colleague Matthew Benham could prove to be a sticking point.

Nathan Jones

Luton manager Nathan Jones previously worked as a manager at Brighton (Mike Egerton/PA)

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Potter was picked up by Championship Club Swansea in 2019 to replace Chris Hughton. Should Albion’s hierarchy wish to follow a similar path, Luton’s Nathan Jones is a potential candidate – and a familiar face.

The Welshman spent five seasons as a Seagulls player and later two and a half years as a manager before joining Kenilworth Road. Last season, he reached the championship playoffs with the Hatters. Next Brighton manager: candidates to replace Graham Potter

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