Bo Svensson of Mainz shortlisted to replace Graham Potter at Brighton

Mainz 05 head coach Bo Svensson is on Brighton & Hove Albion’s coaching shortlist to replace Graham Potter, according to The Athletic.

Brighton owner and chairman Tony Bloom, managing director Paul Barber and technical director David Weir are working to find the club’s new manager.

Brighton are looking for a new head coach after Potter left them to join Chelsea with his squad and analysts. Svensson’s name has emerged as one of the candidates for the job.

Andrew Crofts was Brighton’s caretaker manager, but the club are looking for a permanent position. The Seagulls have not contacted Svensson to take the job.

Svensson, 43, started his coaching career as an assistant coach at Mainz before moving into youth coach.

He would take up his first senior head coaching job at FC Liefering, FC Red Bull Salzburg’s feeder club. The former centre-back guided the club to a third-place finish in his debut season.

In the 2020/21 season, Liefering was second after 13 games. Svensson left to join Mainz in January 2021.

The Dane led the 05ers to a 12th-place finish in the 2020/21 season before a surprise 8th-place finish last campaign.

Mainz have started brilliantly with ten points in their first six Bundesliga games this season. They are 6th on the table.

Svensson shares some tactical similarities with Potter. Both men formed their team with a 3-4-2-1 or 3-5-2 form.

Besides Svensson, Brighton are eyeing Bodo/Glimt’s Kjetil Knutsen and free agent Roberto De Zerbi. Knutsen is under contract until 2024. On the other hand, De Zerbi, formerly of Shakhtar Donetsk, is without a club.

The former Sassuolo manager left the Ukrainian team due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

It’s unclear who is the favorite for the job, but whoever takes the Brighton job will have some big boots to fill.

Potter led Brighton to a 9th place finish in the Premier League, their highest in the Premier League. They played outstanding football, establishing themselves as one of the best clubs outside of the big six.

After six games this season, Brighton are fourth on the table.

Brighton are hoping to have a manager in place before October 1 when they face Liverpool after the international break.

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