Next Newcastle manager: 46 y/o PIF target 'open to all kinds of challenges'

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The Sun's Tom Barclay believes Brighton manager Graham Potter would be willing to take on a new challenge if it presented itself.

The 46-year-old has been at the Amex Stadium for over two years now, but Barclay has hinted that he could be interested in moving away from the South Coast club if he receives an enticing offer.

What's the latest news involving Potter?

Potter's future has been the subject of speculation in recent months, as he was linked with taking over at Tottenham in the summer. However, he was reportedly not keen on taking that job as he felt he would be risking his reputation by working with the club's chairman, Daniel Levy.

In the past few weeks, it has been claimed that another Premier League club and their majority shareholders, Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF), are admirers of his work; Newcastle United. The long-awaited takeover at St James' Park finally went through last month, and the club are now looking for a new permanent boss after parting ways with Steve Bruce.

Potter has not allowed the rumours to distract him from his role at Brighton, though, as the Seagulls have made a fast start to the 2021/22 campaign.

His team have picked up 16 points from their opening 10 matches, and they held Liverpool to a 2-2 draw at Anfield on the weekend, which leaves them in eighth place in the table.



What has Barclay said about Potter?

With Potter seemingly reluctant to take the Tottenham job, some may question whether he lacks ambition, and actually prefers managing a smaller club that is consistently punching above its weight.

Barclay does not think that's the case, though, and thinks Potter would welcome the opportunity to work with a sizeable transfer budget. which may be music to the ears of some Newcastle fans.

Speaking about Potter, Barclay told GIVEMESPORT: “Managing in England from working with Ostersunds was a new challenge. I think he’s open to all kinds of challenges. I don’t think any manager wants to be restricted to a small budget.

“I know when you have a large budget it adds extra pressure because you’ve got to make things happen, but I don’t think he’s be worried about that.”

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Would Potter be interested in taking on a new challenge at Newcastle?

Right now, there is clear daylight between Brighton and Newcastle in the Premier League. The former are playing better football, they are 12 points above their rivals, and there is a lot to like about how the club is run.

However, it is common knowledge that Brighton don't tend to spend that much on players, so there will always be a limit as to how far they can go as a club. Their current position of eighth is perhaps their ceiling over the course of a whole season.

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Meanwhile, Newcastle have the richest owners in world football, and although they are struggling at the moment, their future as a club looks bright. We have seen the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City benefit from their wealth, as they have both gone on to win multiple league titles over the years.

Newcastle will be dreaming of achieving similar success in the next few seasons, and this exciting project could tempt Potter to Tyneside. 

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