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Is Graham Potter set for a return to the Amex?

After the surprising decision to part ways with Roberto De Zerbi this summer, Brighton is now considering bringing back a familiar face to fill the managerial vacancy.

According to The Guardian's Jacob Steinberg, Brighton is contemplating the return of their former manager, Graham Potter, as Kieran McKenna appears likely to remain at Ipswich Town.

McKenna, 38, reportedly turned down an offer from Chelsea and is poised to sign a new contract with Ipswich.

Potter left Brighton in September 2022 to join Chelsea after the club's new owners dismissed Thomas Tuchel. He signed a five-year deal with the Blues but was sacked on April 2, 2023, following a 2-0 home defeat to Aston Villa.

Recently, Ajax expressed interest in Potter, and he was also linked with the managerial role at Nice before the club appointed Francesco Farioli, the current manager of Ajax. Potter has been identified as one of Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s top choices to replace Erik ten Hag at Manchester United if the club decides to part ways with the Dutchman. Additionally, Potter is reportedly a candidate for the England job should Gareth Southgate step down after this summer's Euros.

Besides Potter, Brighton's managerial shortlist appears limited. McKenna was a strong contender for the position. Farioli, reportedly De Zerbi’s preferred successor, was also considered. Brighton-born Russell Martin and former player Liam Rosenior have been linked to the job as well, though it is unclear if the club has formally approached any of these candidates.

The latest name to be associated with the Brighton job is Malmo boss Henrik Rydstrom. His name emerged on the next Brighton manager odds lists this week. In 2023, the 48-year-old gained attention by leading Malmo to victory in the Allsvenskan with his free-flowing football style.

Rydstrom's system is heavily influenced by Fluminense’s Fernando Diniz and his concept of relationism over positional play. “It goes against everything that is logical,” Rydstrom said of his successful tactics.

While no credible reports have directly linked Rydstrom to Brighton, it would be characteristic of the Seagulls to make an unexpected move for one of the best up-and-coming managers outside Europe’s top five leagues.

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