Former Brighton & Hove Albion manager Gus Poyet has warned current Seagulls coach Graham Potter that he cannot turn down the Manchester United permanent manager job in the summer, according to bettingexpert (h/t Daily Star).
It is no secret that United will need a new permanent manager when interim coach Ralf Rangnick’s contract expires at the conclusion of the season. The German took over from Ole Gunnar Solskjr late last year, after the club dismissed the club veteran following poor league performances.
Poyet, who led Brighton to the League One title in 2011, stated that if Potter is offered the vacant permanent manager role in the summer, he must accept it.
Potter is doing a fantastic job with the Seagulls right now, with the team sitting in the top half of the Premier League table despite not having a squad full of world-renowned superstars or an infinite transfer budget.
“I’m sorry, Brighton.”
United will be searching for someone who can lead the team back to glory, ideally someone with past experience at large clubs and a trophy-laden track record as manager.
Poyet appears to agree, saying that Potter may not be what the Red Devils are seeking for in a new permanent manager, but he has encouraged the current Brighton manager to give it a shot in Manchester if the opportunity arises.
“I apologize, Brighton, but that is the reality. Is he the type of player that Manchester United is seeking for? I’m not convinced. I’m not referring to the football he plays or his personality, but Man United often seeks coaches with more experience in large clubs, particularly those that have won titles.”
Potter lacks the experience of managing a ‘big’ football club, as well as the titles won in the Premier League or in Europe, that the Old Trafford club may be seeking in their shortlist of probable candidates for the club’s post.
In the past, United followed the same tactic, naming David Moyes as their new permanent manager despite his lack of trophies at Everton. The choice backfired spectacularly, as the team was forced to fire him within a year after plummeting down the league table.
Since Moyes, several managers have come and gone, but the club has yet to find the proper match. The fact that they last won a trophy in 2017 demonstrates this. This summer, perhaps, will set the record straight.
That isn’t to argue that merely winning major championships is a good indicator of a future manager. If that were the case, Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger would have been foolish to be appointed by Manchester United and Arsenal, respectively.
But things have changed. United cannot afford to wait years for a manager to restore them to their former glory. A manager with prior experience leading a club of similar stature to the Red Devils, and shown that he has what it takes to coach them to championships, would appear to be a safer candidate to take over the helm this summer.