Mainz boss Svensson 'on Brighton shortlist to replace Graham Potter'

Mainz boss Bo Svensson ‘on Brighton shortlist to replace Graham Potter’ following the Englishman’s abrupt departure to Chelsea last week

  • Brighton are searching for a Graham Potter replacement after he joined Chelsea
  • Bo Svensson has done an impressive job in Germany and is on the shortlist
  • Tony Bloom is leading the search alongside Paul Barber and David Weir 

Mainz 05 boss Bo Svensson is on the shortlist to take over as the new Brighton boss following Graham Potter’s departure to Chelsea last week. 

Potter, 47, joined Chelsea last week following Thomas Tuchel’s shock sacking after the club’s 1-0 defeat to Dynamo Zagreb. 

Todd Boehly and Chelsea’s move to get the Brighton boss moved swiftly leaving the south coast club little chance to get a replacement in immediately. 

Bo Svensson is part of a shortlist of names to replace Graham Potter as the Brighton boss

However, according to The Athletic, a shortlist has been drawn up with the 43-year-old Dane Svensson on it alongside a host of other names. 

Svensson has impressed at Mainz 05, leading the club to a lofty eighth place finish in the Bundesliga last term while they currently sit sixth after three wins in their opening six games.  

The search is being led by owner and chairman Tony Bloom alongside chief executive Paul Barber and technical director David Weir. 

Brighton are notable for their shrewd work within a difficult football market to navigate and it appears as though the club are once again looking further afield to find their next boss. 

The Dane has impressed at Mainz 05 leading the club to an eighth placed finish last season in the Bundesliga

Alongside Svensson, other names include Norwegian side Bodo/Glimt’s Kjetil Knutsen as well as Roberto De Zerbi, formerly of Shakhtar Donetsk.

Knutson has impressed with Bodo/Glimt domestically and in Europe though he remains under contract with the Norwegian club until 2024. 

Italian Roberto De Zerbi had been in charge of Shakhtar Donetsk although left earlier this year owing to the present situation stemming from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 

Bodo/Glimt boss Kjetil Knutsen is another name on Tony Bloom’s shortlist to replace Potter

In addition to a new manager, Brighton also need a new backroom team after Potter took assistant Billy Reid, coaches Bjorn Hamberg, Bruno Saltor and Ben Roberts as well as recruitment analyst Kyle Macaulay with him to Stamford Bridge. 

Brighton face another weekend without a game following last week’s postponements after the first Queen’s death on Thursday. 

Their game against Crystal Palace had already been postponed owing to rail strikes. 

Liverpool’s trip to Chelsea and Manchester United’s home clash against Leeds have also been postponed owing to police shortages. 

Roberto De Zerbi is another name on the Brighton shortlist to replace new Chelsea boss Potter

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