Graham Potter Profile
|Born||May 20, 1975|
After a successful spell at Swedish side Ostersund, Graham Potter went on to manage Swansea before testing himself in the Premier League with Brighton and now Chelsea.
Before venturing into coaching, Potter played professionally for Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion and York City among other clubs, but it was in management where he truly shone.
Potter's progressive and unconventional coaching methods, combined with tactically flexible, attacking, possession-based football have seen him rise through the ranks of European football management.
While in Sweden he guided unfashionable Ostersund to successive promotions, a place in the Swedish top flight and the Swedish Cup in 2017.
His success led him back to the UK, where he impressed at both Swansea and Brighton, before landing one of the biggest jobs in football management at Chelsea.
Breakthrough in Sweden
Potter made a name for himself in his first managerial venture at Swedish club Ostersund. He signed his first contract with the club in December 2010 and would go on to exceed all expectations.
Ostersund sat in the fourth tier of Swedish football when Potter arrived but within two years, he had achieved successive promotions.
A new three-year contract later, Potter had transformed Ostersund into one of the best teams in Swedish football, having guided them to promotion into the Swedish top flight in 2015.
It was at this point he became more well-known in his native England. In 2017, his side won the Svenska Cupen, which gave them a route into the following season's UEFA Europa League. They progressed all the way to the round-of-32 stage, where they beat English giants Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates, but lost to the Gunners 4-2 on aggregate.
Moving to Swansea
After seven years in Sweden, Potter moved from Ostersund to Championship side Swansea, signing a three-year deal on June 11, 2018. The Swans had recently been relegated to the second tier, with the Englishman admitting promotion was the aim.
Upon his appointment, he said: "This is a Premier League club from the last seven years and it wants to try to get back, but get back in a way that there is an identity and an understanding of what they want to be on the pitch. That was the interesting thing for me - the chance to build something."
Despite a 10th-place finish, Potter impressed in his first season. His side reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup where they faced Manchester City, falling 3-2 despite securing a two-goal first-half lead.
Swansea had ended the season strongly, just missing out on the play-offs. However, Potter wouldn't remain in Wales for much longer due to the departure of Chris Hughton at Brighton. Swansea initially rebuffed Brighton's approach, but Potter subsequently informed the Swans of his desire to leave.
Despite offering a new contract that would have made him one of the highest earning managers in the Championship, Potter was eventually granted permission to speak with Brighton and a compensation deal was agreed.
Premier League debut
Potter signed a four-year contract with Brighton on May 20, 2019, and they beat Watford 3-0 in his managerial debut on August 10. His first Brighton home game was a 1-1 draw against West Ham a week later.
In Potter's first season in the top flight, his Brighton side beat Spurs, Arsenal twice and Everton, as well as claiming crucial points against Chelsea. However, they exited from the FA Cup in the third round, losing to Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 at home.
The Englishman impressed in his first campaign in the Premier League, with his side finishing 15th, seven points from the drop. Brighton had picked up 41 points and scored 39 goals, both Premier League records for them. Fifteenth was also their joint-highest finish in the Premier League era.
His second Premier League season followed the same template as the first, with some strong results, but ultimately finishing in the bottom half of the table, this time in 16th. However, again they picked up 41 points, while 40 goals scored, 46 conceded, a goal difference of -6 and 12 clean sheets were all Premier League records for the club.
Highlights in this campaign were Brighton's 1-0 victory at Anfield against defending champions Liverpool, as well as a 1-0 defeat of Spurs at home. They also came back from 2-0 down to beat Manchester City 3-2 at the Amex.
Potter led Brighton to their highest Premier League finish in the 2021/22 season, closing out the campaign in ninth after a 3-1 win over West Ham on the final day. They finished a point off Leicester City in eighth.
Despite the big-money sales of Yves Bissouma and Marc Cucurella over the summer, the Seagulls made another impressive start to the 2022/23 season.
After the first six matches, they sat in fourth place in the Premier League having won four and drawn one. Then Chelsea decided to sack Thomas Tuchel.
The London club moved quickly to bring in a new head coach, and in less than 48 hours Potter was named the new Chelsea manager on a five-year deal on September 8.
Graham Potter's personal life
Graham Potter is married to wife Rachel, who ran a Pilates business in York. She introduced Pilates to Ostersund when her husband was offered the job there.
The couple have a son, Charlie, who was born in the UK but grew up in Sweden with his parents. They also have twins, Sam and Theo.
During lockdown, Potter had the opportunity to take a break from soccer and grieve for his parents, who he had lost the year before. He sees this period in his career as the most difficult of his life.
Graham Potter's net worth
Graham Potter's net worth is believed to be £2million.