Brighton ‘eye Kjetil Knutsen and Roberto De Zerbi as possible replacements for Graham Potter… with the club set to receive a £21MILLION pay-out from Chelsea’ for their departing former boss
- Brighton have began their search for Graham Potter’s replacement
- Potter departed the club after three years in charge to join Chelsea last week
- Norwegian Kjetil Knutsen and Italian Roberto De Zerbi are being considered
- The club wants to bring in a coach that will continue on with Potter’s philosophy
Brighton have named Kjetil Knutsen and Roberto De Zerbi among their top targets to replace Graham Potter in the dugout at the Amex.
The news comes with the club set to receive £21million from Chelsea for Potter’s services after the 47-year-old signed a five-year deal to take charge at Stamford Bridge last week.
According to a report from The Telegraph, the Brighton hierarchy are intent on bringing in someone who will continue with implementing their philosophies, particularly when it comes to the development of young players.
Brighton chiefs are searching for a replacement for departing boss Graham Potter
England international Adam Lallana has joined the club’s coaching staff in the interim
With the postponement of Premier League fixtures, coupled with the upcoming international break, Brighton chiefs are in no rush to appoint a new boss, and are eager for any new appointment to be capable of continuing the club’s exceptional start to the season.
Much like Potter, the 53-year-old Knutsen has earned his reputation for leading a Scandinavian side to domestic success and picking up impressive results on the continent.
Taking the managerial reigns at Bodo/Glimt in 2018, Knutsen took charge of a side that had recently suffered the ignominy of relegation into the Norwegian second tier, before lead them to their first-ever Eliteserien title.
Norwegian coach Kjetil Knutsen is being eyed as a potential replacement for Potter
Former Shakhtar Donetsk boss Roberto De Zerbi has also been targeted by the Seagulls
For his achievements in the Eliteserien, Knutsen has been awarded the Kniksen Award for the most outstanding coach of the season three times.
Meanwhile former Napoli midfielder De Zerbi has earned plaudits both for his time in charge of Sassuolo in his native Italy, and for his most recent spell as head coach of Shakhtar Donetsk where he led the club to victory in the Ukrainian Super Cup.
Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has also found himself on the radar of the south-coast club, but the Australian is reportedly not currently interested in making a move away from the Scottish Premiership champions.