Celtic: Ange Postecoglou’s stance on replacing Graham Potter at Brighton | Football

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou's stance on Graham Potter's replacement at Brighton

The Aussie has made a huge impression with the Scottish champions (Picture: Getty)

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou is not keen on leaving Celtic to take the job of vacant Brighton manager despite being included in the south coast club’s four-man shortlist.

After three years at Amex, Graham Potter left the Seagulls last week to sign a five-year, £50million deal with Chelsea, taking on the axed Thomas Tuchel.

With this weekend’s Premier League games postponed and Brighton’s next game also rescheduled due to a now-cancelled train strike, it’s possible the club will be out of action until October 1st.

That gives Brighton’s hierarchy ample time to decide on their new manager and evaluate all candidates, with The Telegraph reporting that Postecoglou is one of the names in the frame.

The former Australia national team boss made a huge impression with Celtic, winning the Scottish Premiership title last season.

But it’s understood the Australian doesn’t want to ‘abandon’ the project he started with the Scottish club and will therefore reject any approach from Brighton.

Brighton had also considered Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper as a possible date but he is not seen as a realistic option at this time.

Former Brighton boss Graham Potter

Potter split from Brighton last week (Image: Getty)

The two most important names in the frame are therefore Norway coach Kjetil Knutsen – who has impressed with his work at Bodo/Glimt – and former Shakhtar and Sassuolo coach Roberto De Zerbi.

As for Postecoglou, former Celtics player Chris Sutton has downplayed suggestions he might be interested in the Brighton job and says a move to the south coast would mean a step down.

‘You will certainly not go away [a Champions League clash with Real Madrid] in the blink of an eye, especially Brighton and Hove Albion with the utmost respect,” he wrote in his Daily Record column.

“Postecoglou supports itself and it should. His resume is excellent. He has led his country to World Cup finals, he has won trophies wherever he has been.

“If you support yourself, you will be selective and not jump at the first opportunity that presents itself. The Premier League is considered by many to be the best league in the world.

“But Celtic are far bigger than the majority of teams operating in England’s top flight and that’s a fact. Like I said, no disrespect to Brighton but Celtic are miles ahead of them. I can’t imagine a coach of Postecoglou’s quality coming down the ladder to go to the south coast of England.

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