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Brighton’s Potter joins Howe in taking voluntary pay cut

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Brighton and Hove Albion boss Graham Potter has joined club chief executive Paul Barber and technical director Dan Ashworth in taking a voluntary pay cut for the next three months.

The trio said the decision was made to support chairman Tony Bloom’s “significant efforts to protect all jobs at our club and charity.”

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Clubs all over the world have been furloughing workers if not laying them off altogether as the coronavirus wreaks havoc on club finances.

On Thursday, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe became the first Premier League manager to take a voluntary pay cut. The clubs were also together in a prior initiative to reward medical workers.

Here’s Potter, via  BrightonandHoveAlbion.com:

“I spoke with Tony Bloom a couple of weeks ago, and I just felt like a normal thing to offer him because he has been good to me. I know the pressure he is under as a chairman and the challenges he faces. It is a small thing we can do but I think it was an important offer.

“Tony being Tony said, ‘Thank you very much but, at the moment we are working through things.’ As things have moved forward, I think we have come to the right decision to do what we have done.”

Man City’s Pep Guardiola donated $1 million to fight coronavirus in Catalonia. Whether donations or pay cuts, surely more will come.

What we love about Brighton and Hove Albion

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This week at ProSoccerTalk we will be detailing what we love about each Premier League club competing in the 2019-20 season and next up it is Brighton and Hove Albion.

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Each day we will release details on why who adore each team in particular as we remind ourselves just how awesome the PL is as we await its return following the suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On to the Seagulls!


Lewis Dunk is a monster: A 6-foot-3 defender with a knack for doing some things in the attacking third, too, Lewis Dunk has chewed up nearly 26,000 minutes for the Seagulls between the Championship and Premier League. Whether linked to Leicester City or Chelsea, Dunk has kept his footing in the south and we’re the better for it. He’s three appearances from 300 for the Seagulls, and only Adam El-Abd (324) remains in his viewfinder.

We love Brighton’s unique derby: Brighton is 40 miles from South London, where Crystal Palace holds matches at Selhurst Park. That makes the M23 Derby rivalry between the Eagles and Seagulls — it rhymes! — even more special. Both stadia have great atmosphere, and catching the unique rivalry holds a worth place on several English soccer bucket lists.

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The Albion: An old name with a long story, which may come from the white cliffs of Dover. Read up here.

Glenn Murray: Well-traveled, yes, there are few more likable scorers than Brighton’s 36-year-old big man.

The next big thing amongst English managers: Graham Potter played for 11 clubs in England, but he needed to go to Sweden to break into management. A two-time Swedish Football Awards Manager of the Year and one-time Swedish Sports Awards Coach of the Year at Ostersund, Potter impressed in just one season at Swansea City before bringing his attack-minded football to Brighton. The Seagulls are only two points clear of the drop zone, and are having their best defensive season since returning to the top flight. Season No. 2 could be a marked improvement if Potter keeps the team in the top flight.

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Brighton baffled by finishing: ‘You can’t feel sorry for yourself’

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Brighton and Hove Albion knows its playing decent football, yet there it remains in the thick of the Premier League’s relegation battle.

The Seagulls lost 1-0 to M23 Derby rivals Crystal Palace on Saturday despite holding 66 percent possession and a 24-12 advantage in shots.

The finish just wasn’t there.

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“Very frustrating, we have created plenty of chances and to come away with nothing is frustrating,” said defender Dan Burn, via the BBC. “We should be higher up the table and it’s this time of the season where we need to start picking up some points, but I believe in the team.”

Manager Graham Potter found it hard to fault his men’s effort on the day, though the Seagulls may finish the day within three points of the drop zone.

He’s tasked with keeping heads up in an odd season. Brighton’s only lost two of six fixtures, but draws aren’t helping them create distance.

“You can’t feel sorry for yourself,” Potter said. “Sometimes you need a bit of luck. We didn’t get too much of that today. We have to keep working to turn those little margins in our favor. We know every game in this league is tough for us. Today there was a lot of effort and a lot of quality. I liked the performance, how we played. Over the course of the game we were quite good.”

Wolves, Arsenal, Leicester City, and Manchester United are next before Norwich City gives a mild reprieve to the fixture list. Liverpool and Man City follow the Canaries.

“The changing room is still really positive. We haven’t won in eight games but you wouldn’t be able to tell. We are a positive group,” Burn said.

That will be tested should the club dip even closer to the bottom three.

Graham Potter praises Brighton’s spirit: ‘Every point is what it is and we have to take it’

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Following Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Watford, Brighton and Hove Albion Premier League winless streak hits an uncomfortable 10 bouts.

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For any side in the bottom third of the table, red flags and emergency sirens would be at a season-high. Brighton’s situation, however, is peculiar. The Seagulls are in a unique position: Doing what a few expected, they punched above their weight in the first half of the season, giving themselves a buffer if thing were to go south as the season progressed.

At Falmer Stadium, in typical Graham Potter fashion, Brighton controlled possession and the tempo of the match. Watford, a sturdy opponent despite their relegation-zone troubles, surprised the home side as Abdoulaye Doucoure pulled off an impecable solo goal. All signs pointed for a low-effort win by the Hornets.

Then, after a plethora of missed chances, Watford’s Adrian Mariappa sublimely put the ball behind his own net. The Seagulls tied in the 78th minute after Aaron Mooy‘s offensive push. Potter, following the match, recognized his team caught a break. To the BBC:

“We gave a lot in the game,” he said following Brighton’s second consecutive draw. “It was difficult to go behind when we had started quite well and were in the ascendancy.”

“The crowd got a little nervous and the atmosphere is difficult. I’m proud of the players because we took responsibility of the game. The character they showed, they accepted the challenge because you could go under at that point – it’s not easy to be the one that has to find the answers.”

Certainly, without the cushion, Potter and company would have channeled Nigel Pearson‘s forlorn sentiments. The 56-year-old manager described Watford’s draw as a “unfortunate” after working “exceptionally hard” for 90 minutes.

Instead, Potter expressed great admiration towards his players, mostly for the maturity they displayed during trying times.

“We were down on the scoreline, the lads desperately want to get points, get the win, we showed maturity. It’s not easy in the Premier League when you are down,” he added. “I am really proud of the players.”

“Every point is what it is and we have to take it. We will look to move forward, take a break now and move forward for Sheffield United.”

Brighton boss Graham Potter signs contract extension

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Graham Potter‘s fine start to life in the Premier League has been rewarded.

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Despite only arriving at Brighton in the summer from Swansea City after signing a four-year deal, Potter has signed a new contract with the Seagulls which extends his stay at the Amex until 2025.

Potter’s assistant Billy Reid, first team coach Bjorn Hamberg and assistant head of recruitment Kyle Macaulay have all also extended to 2025 as they all arrived this summer and have totally revamped the way Brighton play in the PL.

“I’ve had a tremendous welcome from everyone connected to the club — staff, players and fans — and have found it very easy to settle,” Potter said. “The infrastructure, support and everything associated with the club is first class, and I’m pleased with what we have been able to do already, but there is still a way for us to go. I’m thrilled that the club have liked what they’ve seen so far, in a relatively short period of time, and have already shown an added confidence in what we are trying to do. I hope that this is just the start of what will be another successful period in our history, and I’m extremely grateful that the club have made this long-term commitment.”

Brighton chairman Tony Bloom hailed Potter’s influence in such a short space of time, and believes the Seagulls can now become a top 10 Premier League team.

“Together with his backroom team, he has continued the club’s progress of recent years and brought a different approach with a new style of play, which has been embraced by players and supporters alike,” Bloom said. “In the summer we unveiled a new long-term vision for us to become an established top-ten Premier League club, and we feel even more strongly that Graham as a bright, energetic and innovative head coach, is the right man to lead us there.”

The Seagulls remain strong defensively but Potter has brought a new cutting edge to the them on the ball and in attack, as they’ve beaten Tottenham, Norwich and Everton at home, and have impressed with their fluid possession-based style.

Potter has worked wonders at Ostersund, Swansea and already at Brighton and the journeyman defender, who played a handful of games in the PL with Southampton back in the 1990s, is one of the brightest coaching prospects in the UK.

The fact Brighton have agreed to extend his stay after just five months in the job proves that.