Jamie O’Hara believes Tottenham have ‘missed out’ by not appointing Brighton manager Graham Potter and claims the club should have appointed him over Nuno Espirito Santo this summer.
Spurs spent the majority of the summer on the hunt for a new face in the dugout following the sacking of Jose Mourinho, and eventually landed at the door of the former Wolves boss.
Seagulls coach Potter was also touted as an option for Daniel Levy in North London after impressing with his fluid and attacking football at Brighton of late.
Although Nuno was eventually appointed as the new Spurs boss, it was later reported that Potter rejected the offer of a move to N17 and pledged his immediate future on the South Coast.
That has proved to be an excellent decision, as Brighton have started the season strongly with four wins from five games. Spurs, on the other hand, are faltering under Nuno and are struggling to establish themselves as a contender for the European spots.
Ex-Spurs midfielder O’Hara feels his former side should have appointed the pragmatic Potter as opposed to Nuno, but believes the Portuguese coach will ‘do a good job eventually’.
He told talkSPORT: “I think it was at the start of the last season, I was a bit like, ‘No, he still needs to do more and show us more what he’s about with this Brighton side.’ And then he had another great season with them and the football that he’s playing.
“When I interviewed him, I completely changed my mind with him. You know when someone has an aura when you’re with them and they have that sort of philosophy of how they want to play. When I interviewed him, I was like, ‘Wow, this guy is the real deal’.
“He’s shown that this season and I think Spurs have missed out in not trying to go for him.
“I like Nuno, I think he will do a good job eventually, I think he could do okay. But if we were going to have a manager where I would go, ‘That’s who we should have got’, I would have said, Graham Potter.”
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It is still relatively early days for Nuno at Spurs, but right now it does look like they missed out on Potter.
He has done a really good job at Brighton and has brought a very attractive style of football to the south coast, and the rewards are being shown this season so far.
There is still time for Nuno to get things straight at Spurs though and, hopefully, time will tell if Levy’s decision was a good one.
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