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Brighton Are Set To Appoint Their Chris Hughton Replacement

Brighton Are Set To Appoint Their Chris Hughton Replacement

You get the feeling that Chris Hughton was a bit hard done by at Brighton. The former Ireland international took over at the club when they were in the bottom half of the Championship and managed to get them to the Premier League after his second full season in charge.

While results were poor during the final few months of his time in charge, he did keep them in the Premier League for a second successive season.

However the club felt a change in management was necessary in order to take the next step in their development, and they have now found their man.

Graham Potter is set to be appointed as the new Brighton boss, leaving his post at Swansea to take up the position. The Swans will receive around £2million in compensation.

Potter has experienced a remarkable rise in recent years, having began his managerial career at Ostersund in Sweden. He would lead the club from the fourth tier to the Swedish top division, winning the Swedish cup and securing a place in the Europa League as result.

They would go on to reach the knockout stages of that competition, exiting at the hands of Arsenal despite a famous 2-1 win at The Emirates.

His exploits in Scandinavia earned him the Swansea job, where he impressed during his sole season in the Championship. Swansea had hoped to keep him at the club, but the lure of the Premier League was too difficult to ignore for the 43-year old.

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He will take over a Brighton side that will hope to display a more expansive style next season, something Hughton could not manage during his time at the club. Of course, that comes with certain risks.

Potter will no doubt be confident of bringing a more attractive style, having done so in both of his previous jobs.

Glenn Murray was in the beIN studio for today's FA Cup final, and welcomed the news about the expected appointment.

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