- Date of Birth: 20/05/1975(47 years)
- Country of Birth: England
- Status: Active
Premier League Records
- Matches: 114
- Wins: 30
- Draws: 43
- Losses: 41
- Goals For: 122
- Goals Against: 144
- Premier League Seasons: 3
Graham Stephen Potter (born 20 May 1975) is an English professional football manager and former player who played as a left-back. He is the head coach of Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion. In a 13-year playing career, he made 307 appearances in the Football League.
Graham Potter was appointed head coach of Brighton & Hove Albion on 20 May 2019, replacing Chris Hughton after the 2018/19 Premier League campaign.
Potter had a 13-year playing career, mostly spent in the Football League as a full-back with clubs including Birmingham City, Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion.
He made eight Premier League appearances for Southampton in 1996/97, playing in a famous 6-3 win over Manchester United, while also being selected for an England Under-21 match against Moldova that season.
Potter finished his playing career in 2005 and became a football development manager at Hull University, with a spell on secondment as the technical director of Ghana’s women’s team at the 2007 World Cup.
In April 2008 he was appointed the assistant coach for the England Universities Squad, and he then had a period with Leeds University.
Potter’s first senior managerial appointment came in December 2010 when he became the coach of fourth-tier Swedish side Ostersunds.
He led them to successive promotions in 2011 and 2012 and then, in October 2015, took the club into the top flight for the first time in their history.
Eighteen months later Potter’s side won the Swedish cup and earned a place in the Europa League, where they won three qualifiers and finished second in their group to set up a showdown with Arsenal in the last 32.
After a 3-0 home defeat, Ostersunds won the second leg at the Emirates 2-1 but bowed out on aggregate.
In June 2018 Potter returned to the UK to take charge of Swansea City, who had just been relegated from the Premier League.
He led them to a 10th-place finish in the Championship while reaching the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, where his side lost 3-2 to eventual winners Manchester City.
That proved to be Potter’s only season with Swansea and he joined Brighton at the start of the summer in 2019 on a four-year contract.
In his first season at the helm he guided the Seagulls, playing in a more expansive fashion, to a 15th-placed finish.