Graham Potter

Manager Profile


Personal Details

Country of Birth
England England
Date of Birth
Premier League Seasons
Premier League Debut Match
Watford (a),
10 August 2019, Won 3 - 0

Manager Bio

Graham Potter was appointed head coach of Chelsea on 8 September 2022, replacing Thomas Tuchel.

The 47-year-old joined Chelsea after three successful years at Brighton & Hove Albion, where he had replaced 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 Emirates Stadium 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 in May 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.

Potter's side produced even greater results in 2021/22, finishing in an impressive eighth place.

A few standout fixtures include Manchester United at home, where the Seagulls won 4-0, and Liverpool away having come from 2-0 down to earn a point. 

He oversaw Brighton's best start to a Premier League season in 2022/23, with 13 points from the opening six matches and a fourth place before Chelsea came calling. 

  • AFC Bournemouth v Brighton & Hove Albion
  • Arsenal v Brighton & Hove Albion
  • Brighton & Hove Albion v Everton
  • Chelsea v Brighton & Hove Albion
  • Brighton manager Graham Potter walks off the pitch after the match

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