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Who is Graham Potter?
Graham Stephen Potter is a famous English professional football manager and former player. He is currently the head coach of the Premier League club Chelsea.
In a 13-year playing career, playing as a left-back, he made 307 appearances in the Football League. Potter played in the Premier League for Southampton and the Football Conference for Shrewsbury Town. At the international level, he was capped once for England at the under-21 level. He then began his professional managerial career in January 2011 with the Swedish club Ostersund. Potter won 3 promotions and the Svenska Cupen with Ostersund, guiding them to the 2017-18 UEFA Europa League knockout stage. He was appointed manager of the Championship club Swansea City in June 2018 and transferred to Brighton & Hove Albion of the Premier League after one year. Potter then became the head coach of Chelsea in 2022.
Graham Potter Career
Potter started his footballing career at the age of 17 as a trainee at Birmingham City. Following a loan spell at Wycombe Wanderers, the young left-back then moved to Stoke City, then to Southampton in the Premier League. In the Premier League, he played in the famous 6-3 victory against Manchester United in 1996. As a Southampton player, Potter was capped for England U21 in a European Championships qualifier over Moldova.
He then joined West Bromwich Albion in 1997, and after three-and-a-half years, which also included loan spells at Northampton Town and Reading, he signed for York City. He later moved from York City to Boston United in the summer of 2003. Potter went on to make more than 100 appearances for York City, prior to joining Shrewsbury Town in November 2003, on loan. In 2004, in the closing chapter of his playing career, Potter moved a free transfer to Macclesfield Town, where he completed his senior playing career.
Coaching and managerial career
Potter graduated from the Open University with a degree in Social Sciences in December 2005, with support from the Professional Footballers’ Association. He served as a football development manager for the University of Hull and as technical director for the Ghana women’s team at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Potter became an assistant coach for the England Universities team, prior to joining Leeds Metropolitan University in a similar role. While at Leeds, Potter finished an MSc in Leadership Personal & Professional Development, which aimed at using emotional intelligence. In 2008, he was appointed manager of Northern Counties East League Division One side Leeds Carnegie. Through his tenure at the club, he led the team to the 3rd round of the FA Vase and 3rd place in the 2009-10 Northern Counties East League season. This was prior to departing Leeds Carnegie on January 12, 2011.
In December 2010, he signed a 3-year deal as coach of Ostersund, who were then playing in the 4th tier of Swedish football, starting on January 24, 2011. Porter was offered the job after Graeme Jones, his friend assistant to Roberto Martinez at Swansea City, recommended him to chairman Daniel Kindberg following the team’s pre-season friendly with Swansea. Following 2 successive promotions, he extended his deal with the club for another three years in 2013. The team then secured promotion to the Swedish top flight, Allsvenskan, for the first time in their history after a second-place finish in the 2015 Superettan on October 27, 2015. They completed their debut season in 8th place winning plaudits for their ”slick passing game” and competing on a limited budget.
Graham was appointed manager of newly relegated Championship club Swansea City on a three-year deal on June 11, 2018. He was then joined by assistant manager Billy Reid and recruitment analyst Kyle Macaulay. Potter then won his first match as Swansea boss with a 2-1 win against Sheffield United, with goals from striker Oli McBurnie and former Liverpool youngster Yan Dhanda. His first game at the club’s Liberty Stadium was a 1-0 victory over Preston North End. In Potters’ first season at the club, Swansea reached the quarter-finals of the 2018-19 FA Cup, where they hosted Manchester City.
Chris Hughton was dismissed as Brighton & Hove Albion’s manager at the end of the 2018-19 season. Brighton then made an approach for Potter to become their new manager, but Swansea initially rejected it. Swansea offered him a new deal to stay at the club, which would have made him one of the Championship’s highest-earning managers. However, the club finally granted him permission to start talks with Brighton. Brighton then paid a reported £3m in compensation to Potter and his backroom staff.
How old is Graham Potter?
Graham Stephen Potter is aged 47 as of 2022, having been born on May 20, 1975, in Solihull, England. He shares his birthday with celebrities such as Austin McBroom, Luh Kel, Addy Maxwell, Cher, Evee Bennett, Busta Rhymes, Petr Cech, Tony Goldwyn, Tony Stewart, Hayden Kho, and many more.
Graham Potter Family
Who are Graham Potter’s parents?
Graham Stephen Potter was born in Solihull, to Val P[otter and Steve Potter. Both his parents died in his first season as the manager of Brighton & Hove Albion.
Does Graham Potter have siblings?
Potter was born into a family of two children, alongside his brother Steven Potter. Not much is known about Steven to the media as he stays a private life.
Graham Potter Education
Potter studied at Open University where he graduated with a degree in social sciences. This was the same year he retired from football.
Graham Potter Spouse
Potter is currently married to his beautiful and supportive wife Rachel Potter. The couple is happily married with three children.
Graham Potter Children
Potter and his loving spouse are blessed with three children, all being sons, twins Sam Theo and the youngest Charlie.
Graham Potter Height
Potter has a well-built, muscular, and athletic body. He stands at a height of 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) and a weight of 85 kg (187 lbs).
Brighton & Hove Albion
Graham was hired as the head coach of Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion signing a 4-year deal on May 20, 2019. He then won the first match 3-0 away to Watford, in what was also his Premier League debut. Potter’s first home game was a 1-1 draw with West Ham United on August 17. His first loss in the league was after a week at Falmer Stadium, 2-0 to South Coast Neighbours Southampton. Potter’s first season saw the team recording their highest points and goals in the Premier League, posting 41 points and scoring 39 goals.
Brighton lost 3-1 at home to Chelsea in their opening game of the 2020-21 season. They then won their first league match of the season in their second game, defeating Newcastle away 3-0. He got his 100th loss as a manager on September 26, when they lost to Manchester United 3-2. Brighton defeated Tottenham 1-0 on January 31, 2021, their first league victory at home since the win against Arsenal on June 20, 2020. His second year in charge of the club ended with a record-equaling points tally of 41 points, which they also attained the season before.
In his third season, Brighton came from behind to defeat Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moor in the opening game of the season on August 14. His 100th game as their manager-and 400th overall came on November 20, in a 2-0 away loss at Aston Villa. Potter’s 100th Premier League match was a 2-0 away defeat at Manchester United on February 15, ending their record-breaking unbeaten league run of 7 games. Potter led the club to their best-ever points tally following a 3-0 away win against Wolverhampton Wanderers on April 30, with Brighton up to 44 points and sitting 9th in the league. They later achieved their highest top-flight complete following beating West Ham United 3-1 in the last game of the season. Brighton completed the campaign in 9th place with their highest Premier League goal tally of 42 and attaining 51, 10 points higher than their previous record of 41.
Graham became the first Brighton manager to win at Old Trafford. This was after Brighton beat Manchester United 2-1 in the opening game of the 2022-23 season. They then defeated Leicester City 5-2 at Falmer Stadium on September 4. This was the first time Brighton has scored 5 goals in a Premier League fixture. On September 8, 2022, they revealed that Potter and 5 members of his backroom staff would leave the club for Chelsea. Chelsea reportedly paid them between £15m and £16m for him. They also paid an additional £5.5m to £6.5m in compensation for his backroom staff. Potter was succeeded at Brighton by Roberto De Zerbi
Potter was hired as the new head coach of Premier League club Chelsea on a 5-year deal replacing Thomas Tuchel on September 8, 2022. On his debut after six days, Chelsea drew 1-1 at home to FC Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League group stage. He then won his first team match in his second game in charge, coming from behind to beat Crystal Palace 2-1 away from home. Potter’s first loss was in his tenth game, a heavy 4-1 away loss on his first return to the previous team Brighton on October 29.
Graham Potter Net Worth
English professional football manager and former player, Potter is the head coach of Premier League club, Chelsea. He has garnered an estimated net worth of around $5 million as of 2022.