Celtic’s Ange Postecoglou among Labor favorites at Brighton as Graham Potter takes ex-SPFL boss to Chelsea
The Australian was installed as the bookmakers’ favorite for the vacancy after Potter was confirmed as Chelsea’s new manager, taking his number two, former Hamilton Accies boss Billy Reid, with him to Stamford Bridge.
Postecoglou guided Celtic to the Scottish Premiership title in his first season at Parkhead, as well as winning the Scottish League Cup, and is currently on a 35-game domestic unbeaten streak.
He also took charge of their first Champions League group game this week as Celtic put up an impressive first-half performance against Real Madrid before ultimately succumbing to a 3-0 defeat.
Postecoglou’s achievements have not gone unnoticed south of the border, but it remains to be seen whether the 57-year-old would be willing to trade Champions League football for a crack in the Premier League.
Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers, formerly of Celtic, has also had his chances reduced while other names are believed to be in the frame including Bodo/Glimt’s Kjetil Knudsen, Brentford’s Thomas Frank and Luton’s Nathan Jones.
Potter leaves the top-flight Seagulls sitting fourth in the top flight after a strong start to the season thanks to a first semi-final last season.
He joins the Blues less than 48 hours after the dismissal of coach Thomas Tuchel.
Potter said: “I am incredibly proud and excited to represent Chelsea FC, this fantastic football club.
“I am very pleased to be associated with Chelsea’s new group of owners and look forward to meeting and working with this exciting group of players and developing a team and a culture that our incredible fans can be proud of.”
His assistant Reid, 59, who managed Accies for seven years after a stint at Clyde, has worked with Potter since the pair linked up with Swedish side Östersunds in 2013, winning promotion to the top flight two years later.
They also won the 2016-17 Svenska Cup, which earned the club a place in the second qualifying round of the Europa League, by eliminating Galatasaray and PAOK before finishing second in their group against Athletic Bilbao.
A move to Swansea City followed and after reaching the FA Cup quarter-final and claiming a 10th place finish, Brighton called it up in 2019.