Potter needs a fast start – Hobson

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Former Brighton defender Gary Hobson says Graham Potter is in a 'privileged position' but he must make a fast start.

Former Brighton defender Gary Hobson says Graham Potter is in a ‘privileged position’ but he must make a fast start.

The former Swansea coach is now planning for life in the top flight after being named Brighton boss on Monday evening.

Brighton decided to part company with Chris Hughton after the final game of the season and immediately targeted Potter.

He guided the Swans to a 10th-placed finish last season and Hobson says he is lucky that Brighton have taken a chance on a young English coach.

The two former York City teammates have remained close and Hobson has urged Potter to hit the ground running.

He told the Argus: ‘I told him it’s an amazing place to start your Premier League journey.

‘I said to him you are in a really privileged position, because I don’t know of any other Premier League team that has basically hired an English Championship manager.

‘I am on a few fanzines and Brighton things and I could see a percentage of the crowd maybe didn’t quite like the way we played and maybe he (Hughton) has paid the price for that.

‘He (Potter) has got to put his imprint on the team quickly and if the fans give him some time to put that then they’ll get success.

‘Like every manager, time is precious, and in the Premier League you don’t get a lot.

Hopefully Graham will get that, because they will improve.’

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