Spurs were on the hunt for their next manager when the season closed and ended up with Nuno Espirito Santo, who ultimately only lasted four months in north London.
Prior to the Portuguese head coach’s appointment, the Lilywhites were linked with a number of other managers, including Potter and Antonio Conte.
It is now understood that the latter did not come to north London as it was too soon after leaving Inter Milan and has claimed he still has that emotional connection.
The Italian appears to have passed that and was announced on Tuesday as Tottenham’s new head coach.
Potter has been at Brighton since 2019 and during that time he has led 86 Premier League games, winning 22 games, 32 draws and 32 losses.
The Seagulls have had a strong start to the season, currently sitting eighth after 10 games, winning four, drawing four and losing just two.
The 46-year-old has already enjoyed success in his coaching career, taking the Swedish side Ostersund into the top flight of Swedish football from the fourth division.
football.london reported in May that some of the Spurs players were impressed with Potter’s Brighton side when they faced them.
In August, Potter highlighted his commitment to his current squad, while admitting that there was still work to be done at the AMEX stadium.
“I said at the end of last season that I was two years old on a six-year contract, so we still have a lot of time to be together to keep improving,” he said.
After Espirito Santo was dismissed from his post on Monday, Potter’s name didn’t have much time to circulate again, as it took just over 24 hours for the North London club to announce Conte as new head coach.
However, former Tottenham boss Sherwood has had his say in Potter’s work at Brighton so far.
“There are plenty of good English managers around. Graham Potter did a fantastic job [at Brighton] and play brilliant football, ”he said at MyBettingSites.
“He is clearly a training ground manager who works tirelessly in his team [and the way they play]. Just look at the contrast between Brighton and the previous manager, Chris Hughton, and his team who played counterattack football, compared to now, with a manager who wants to dominate and control football matches. Graham Potter does this very effectively. “
Hughton led the Seagulls for almost six years, but after finishing just above the relegation zone in the 2018/19 campaign, it was time for the 62-year-old to leave.
It was a quick turnaround for Brighton as Potter was named a week later and having taken his team 15th in his first season and 16th in his second he is enjoying more success so far, his team currently being eighth.
Sherwood has explained why he believes the Brighton manager may not have moved to the capital.
“We don’t know if he [was or wasn’t] approached by Tottenham Hotspur [to replace Espirito Santo]. Even if he [was], maybe he feels that he has a lot of time ahead of him and that he prefers to continue with his current project, ”he added.
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Sherwood’s comments match Potter’s admission that he still has time at Brighton and as they’ve had a good start to the season, he’s likely to want to continue at his current club, to try and bring them as much. of success as possible.
Whether Potter was approached or not, Fabio Paratici and Daniel Levy now have Spurs’ first-choice manager and someone with a winning story, who they hope will continue his personal success in north London.