Graham Potter’s rise to becoming a Premier League manager has been unconventional to say the least.
Kickstarting his career at Östersunds after a recommendation from Graeme Jones, the latest Brighton & Hove Albion tactician spent eight years with the Swedish side before returning to England when Swansea came calling.
After a good job in his first season there, the Seagulls revealed their interest in him replacing Chris Hughton, and despite some initial reluctance, the Welsh side allowed him to go for a reported compensation of £3m.
Bringing his possession football to Brighton, the manager has lived some ups and downs in his first couple of months, but the signs for a promising future are there, exemplified by their 3-0 win over Tottenham at the weekend.
However, despite all this success, Graham Potter hasn’t forgotten the importance of Östersunds in his life.
The Swedish side have found themselves in some financial troubles of late, with Aftonbladet calling it a ‘deep economic crisis’, and in order to help out, the Brighton manager has donated a ‘considerable amount of money’, according to press officer Niclas Lidström.
Brighton coaches Björn Hamberg, Billy Read and Kyle Macaulay have also all chipped in to this ‘big contribution’, but that still isn’t enough.
Lidström said: “It’s a considerable sum, but we still need more money in the short term and long term. It’s a welcome contribution and we are incredibly happy. That’s really big from these four guys”.
Every little helps, and hopefully the Swedish side get the money needed to stay afloat going forward.