Graham Potter ‘on Newcastle list of next manager options’ as Antonio Conte rules out move
Nigel Farage shares his take on Newcastle United takeover
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Graham Potter is reportedly on a “Newcastle list of next manager options” amid the club’s £305m takeover by the Saudi Arabian led consortium. The Brighton and Hove Albion manager has worked wonders with the Seagulls since he took over last season.
He has followed up last season’s solid campaign, where the club comfortably avoided relegation by finishing in 16th place, with a sensational start to the new season.
Brighton have won four, drawn two, and lost one of their opening seven matches, and they are currently tied on the same number of points as Manchester City, Manchester United, and Everton.
Potter has been able to achieve this whilst imposing a new more expansive and more attractive style of play, which has often seen Brighton play some of the best passing football in the division.
He has been a manager in demand for some time, having also been liked with the job at Tottenham Hotspur, both before and after current Lilywhites’ manager Nuno Espirito Santo was hired.
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However, the Sun claim that, Potter is on a “list of manager options” at St James’ Park.
The Magpies have arguably entered the most exciting phase in their entire history, as a Saudi led consortium spearheaded by the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund (PIF), purchased the club from controversial chairman Mike Ashley.
The PIF, who are understood to hold 80% of the club’s shareholdings are worth an enormous £320 billion, comfortably making Newcastle the richest club in the Premier League, and one of the wealthiest in the world.
It is expected current Newcastle manager Steve Bruce will likely be shown the door by the new owners, who may want to sweep the club and replace many of the personnel with their own people.
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The former Sunderland manager has already said he hopes he is given a chance under the new owners, but would not be surprised if they did choose to bring in their own manager.
And Potter’s work, not just with Brighton, but with Swansea City and Ostersunds, may have earnt him a place in Newcastle’s new owners’ consideration.
It is believed former Chelsea and Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte was one of the first names at the top of the list, but it is understood he has already ruled himself out of the job.
Newcastle United’s newly acquired wealth sent supporters onto the streets and the surrounding areas of St James’ Park in celebration.
However, the takeover also sent the other 19 Premier League clubs scuttling into an emergency meeting with the rest of the Premier League.
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Anger, fury, and confusion were the primary reactions of all the teams in the division’s top division.
It is a monumental and significant change which could change the league as we know it forever.
The new owners of Newcastle are reportedly ten times richer than Manchester City’s majority stakeholder Sheikh Mansour, who purchased the club and helped fund them into the global footballing juggernauts they are now.
Financial analysts are also under the impression the club will be able to freely spend £200m over the next three years, without Financial Fair Play (FFP) penalising them.
Newcastle have also been linked with moves with the likes of Jesse Lingard and Mauro Icardi in the days proceeding the takeover.
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