Ryan – Potter call fully deserved

Brighton and Hove Albion

Brighton's decision to reward Graham Potter with a new contract just six months into the job was the right one, according to goalkeeper Mat Ryan.

Potter took the reins on May 20, replacing Chris Hughton, who struggled to inspire his side in the second half of last season, the team finishing 17th in the standings.

The latter stages of Hughton’s reign were punctuated by reported unrest within the dressing room about his pragmatic approach, with his cautious tactics doing little to lift the Seagulls.

Potter signed on at the Amex after a year in the Championship with Swansea, taking the long way to the top of the game after cutting his managerial teeth at Swedish club Ostersunds.

Throughout his career, the 44-year-old has established a reputation for playing forward-thinking football and his Brighton side have not been afraid to take teams on, pushing both Liverpool and Manchester United hard in recent weeks.

Their home form has also been encouraging, beating Tottenham, Everton and Norwich over a run of three straight wins through October and November.

Although they sit 16th in the table, there is an air of confidence surrounding Brighton.

Ryan has now praised last week’s call by the club to reward Potter, assistant Billy Reid, first-team coach Bjorn Hamberg and assistant head of recruitment Kyle Macaulay with deals until 2025.


The decision came as somewhat of a surprise but speaking ahead of Thursday’s trip to Arsenal, the 27-year-old says the fresh terms were just reward for the improvements that have been made.

“I think the progress has been clear for everyone to see and it obviously falls within the plan of what the Board and all the guys higher up are wanting from them,” he told the Argus.

“As a playing group we have thoroughly enjoyed playing under them, growing each week and having that ambitious approach to every game that we go anywhere and be successful.”