Next Brighton manager: Graham Potter return off as 31-year-old becomes clear favourite

Jason Soutar
Who will be the next Brighton manager following Roberto De Zerbi's exit?
Who will be the next Brighton manager following Roberto De Zerbi's exit?

Roberto De Zerbi and Brighton have mutually decided to split up, which means another Premier League club is looking for a new manager.

But who will replace the Italian at the Amex? Here are the favourites for the job based on the latest odds from Oddschecker, with a 31-year-old favourite in what is a far more interesting and out-there list than those at the big clubs. We have narrowed it down to five names due to the inevitability of the appointment and the fact there are a bunch of names tied at 33/1 after fifth.

Who will be the next Brighton manager? Rookie coach odds-on

5) Steve Cooper
The former Forest boss has been even more conspicuously linked with Leicester, which does feel a better fit.

4) Graham Potter
Well, well, well, who do we have here?

They say to never go back to your ex and given the manner of his departure to Chelsea, who would have been as well taking Brighton Pier with them as well as the 200 members of staff, the fans might not take to this.

Given Potter has reportedly turned down plenty of work during his unemployment, and was briefly the clear favourite for a return to the place where he made his subsequently somewhat tarnished reputation.


3) Russell Martin
The former Norwich City defender has a very clear philosophy of passing teams to death, which the Saints have done in the Championship this season and will still presumably attempt in the Premier League next season. Could well all go a bit ‘Kompany’s Burnley’ but the good news for Martin there is that it means he’ll get the Bayern job next summer. Ergo, he would be a fool to go to Brighton now.


2) Henrik Rydstrom
Oh, now this would be magnificent fun. The Malmo manager has brought Brazilian-style street football with overloaded attacks and scant regard for positional normalcy to Europe and the very idea of it in the Barclays is absolutely delicious. Remember how English football reacted in those first few giddy months of Angeball? It ain’t seen nothing yet.


1) Fabian Hurzeler
David Ornstein says it’s happening so it’s happening.

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