”Absolutely no way’ – Chief exec rules out departure of Spurs-linked manager

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Brighton and Hove Albion Albion deputy chairman and chief executive Paul Barber has insisted that he has no desire to see manager Graham Potter leave the club.

Potter has been heavily linked as being one of the managerial candidates which Tottenham Hotspur are considering to succeed Jose Mourinho with the former Swansea man on the shortlist of technical director Steve Hitchen (Daily Mail).

Barber, a Spurs fan who was on the board of the North London club for nearly six years as Daniel Levy’s right-hand man (The Athletic) has no intention of entertaining the prospect of Potter departing the south coast.

The Seagulls are currently fourteenth in the Premier League table and have been involved in a relegation battle for the majority of the campaign, and it took the 2-0 win over Leeds United on Saturday to all but guarantee their safety.

Former Spurs midfielder Danny Murphy has also backed a potential approach for Potter, having drawn comparisons between the 45-year-old and former Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino (talkSPORT).

Barber told The Argus: “We have no desire whatsoever to lose Graham. Graham is very happy here.

“We are delighted with the work he is doing, we are delighted with the work the staff around Graham are doing.

“As far as we are concerned there is absolutely no way we would allow Graham to leave at this time.”

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