‘What can I say?’ – Premier League manager shuts down talk of replacing Conte at Spurs

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Graham Potter
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Graham Potter has denied claims he could replace Antonio Conte as Tottenham head coach and reiterated he is happy with how things are going at Brighton. 

Conte was recently the subject of intense speculation of a move to Paris Saint-Germain in place of former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, where he reportedly offered himself to the French club (Le Parisien). 

Potter, who is leading Brighton through their best Premier League campaign to date, has since emerged as a leading candidate to succeed the Italian at Spurs should he choose to leave the club this summer (Football.London). 

Spurs were said to have chased the Seagulls’ boss last summer after dismissing Jose Mourinho before appointing Nuno Espirito Santo (The Athletic), who was sacked in November and replaced by Conte following a dismal run of form.

But Potter, 46, has refused to be drawn into any rumours linking him with a move to north London and confirmed his commitment with Brighton, who are on course for a top-half finish this season. 

He told the Mirror): “You guys [the media] sometimes put stuff in the newspapers that’s not exactly true. 

“What can I say? It’s got to the point now where there’s not even a vacancy and you’re getting linked to it. I don’t know what to say. I’ve never said I want to leave at all.

“It wasn’t so long back that I was probably getting criticism and if you’d gone on some local fan sites, I bet I wasn’t the flavour of the month, so things change pretty quickly – let’s not forget that. 

“But I’ve always had the support of Tony [Bloom, Brighton owner] and the board and they’ve given me a chance to work, so I’m grateful for that and I enjoy it here.”

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Potter has done some excellent work with Brighton during his time there and it is no surprise that more clubs are starting to take notice. 

But now, Conte is still at the helm at Spurs and preparing for next season under him should be the club’s main priority as opposed to thinking about replacements. 

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