The former Ostersund boss has made the step up to the Premier League after just a single season with the Swans
Brighton and Hove Albion have named Graham Potter as their new head coach to succeed Chris Hughton, the Premier League club have confirmed.
Potter leaves Swansea after just a single season to take up his new post in the top flight, signing a four-year deal with the Seagulls.
He had two years remaining on his deal at the Liberty Stadium and Swansea offered him fresh terms in a bid to ward off Brighton’s interest.
However, after the Championship side initially rejected Brighton’s approach, former Ostersund boss Potter has made the move to the south coast.
Potter said: “I was sold by the long-term vision and passion shown by Tony Bloom, Paul Barber and Dan Ashworth.
“The ideas and plans they have for the future of this football club excited me; I am thrilled and honoured to be a part of it.
“This club has been on an incredible journey and my aim along with Bjorn [Hamberg], Kyle [Macauley] and Billy [Reid], is to ensure the great work that has gone before us is built on, as we strive to cement our place in the Premier League for many years to come.”
Appointed last summer, Potter guided the Swans to a 10th-place finish in the Championship last season.
Brighton chairman Tony Bloom had wanted to appoint a new coach as quickly as possible to aid pre-season planning ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.
Bloom added: “We are delighted to have secured the services of one of the brightest young English coaches. Graham Potter has an excellent record of developing teams with an attractive playing style, fierce determination and a strong collective spirit.
“We are excited about our third successive season in the Premier League and we now wish to build on the solid foundations laid by Chris Hughton. We believe that Graham is an excellent fit for our club and we are very much look forward to working with him.”
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Under Hughton, the Seagulls managed just two wins from their 18 league matches after the turn of the year and finished 17th, only two points clear of Cardiff in the final relegation place.
Brighton will be hoping Potter, who won three promotions with Swedish outfit Ostersund and steered them into the Europa League, can help move the south-coast club forwards.