Paratici and Levy told why Graham Potter may have avoided Tottenham after Conte appointment
Tim Sherwood has revealed the reason he thinks Graham Potter remained at Brighton, despite talks of him joining Tottenham over the summer.
Spurs were on the hunt for their next manager during the close-season and ended up with Nuno Espirito Santo, who ultimately only lasted four months in north London.
Before the Portuguese head coach was appointed, the Lilywhites were linked with a number of other managers, including Potter and Antonio Conte.
It is now understood that the latter didn’t come to north London as it was too soon after his departure from Inter Milan and claimed he still had that emotional connection.
The Italian seems to have moved past that and was announced as the new Tottenham head coach on Tuesday.
Potter has been at Brighton since 2019 and in that time he has been in charge of 86 Premier League matches, winning 22, drawing 32 and losing 32.
The Seagulls have had a decent start to the season, currently sitting eighth after 10 games, winning four, drawing four and losing just two.
The 46-year-old has already seen success in his managerial career as he took Swedish side Ostersund to the top flight of Swedish football from the fourth tier.
football.london reported in May that some of the Spurs players had been impressed with Potter’s Brighton side when they had faced them.
In August, Potter highlighted his commitment to to his current side, however, admitting there was still work to be done at the AMEX Stadium.
“I said at the end of last season I was two years into a six-year contract so there’s a lot of time that we still need to be together to carry on improving,” he said.
After Espirito Santo was dismissed from his duties on Monday, there wasn’t much time for Potter’s name to circulate again, as it took just over 24 hours for the north London club to announce Conte as the new head coach.
However, former Tottenham boss Sherwood has had his say on Potter’s work at Brighton so far.
“There are plenty of decent English managers around. Graham Potter has done a fantastic job [at Brighton] and plays a brilliant brand of football,” he said to MyBettingSites.
“He is clearly a training ground manager who works tirelessly on his team [and the way they play]. You only have to look at the contrast at Brighton from the previous manager, Chris Hughton, and his team that played counter-attacking football, compared to now, with a manager who wants to dominate and control football games. Graham Potter does that very effectively.”
Hughton was in charge of the Seagulls for nearly six years but after they finished just above the relegation zone in the 2018/19 campaign, it was time for the 62-year-old’s departure.
It was a quick turnaround for Brighton as Potter was appointed just a week later and after taking his side to 15th in his first season and 16th in his second, he is so far seeing more success, with his side currently in eighth.
Sherwood explained why he believes the Brighton manager may not have made the move to the capital.
“We don’t know if he [was or wasn’t] approached by Tottenham Hotspur [to replace Espirito Santo]. Even if he [was], perhaps he may feel plenty of time ahead of him, and he’d rather continue with his current project,” he added.
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Sherwood’s comments align with Potter’s admission about still having time at Brighton and as they have had a decent start to the season, it is likely he wants to continue at his current club, to try and bring them as much success as possible.
Whether Potter was approached or not, Fabio Paratici and Daniel Levy have now got Spurs’ first choice manager and someone with a history of winning, who they hope will continue his personal success in north London.