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Graham Potter can enhance his reputation against Arsenal

Posted on December 11, 2017 by David Nugent

When you say the name Graham Potter, people would be forgiven for thinking that he runs a north west nightclub with bouncers by the name of Max and Paddy on the door. Oh sorry, that is the fictional Peter Kay character, Brian Potter.

However, in fact, Graham Potter is a former West Brom and Stoke defender who is making a big name for himself in managerial circles at Swedish club Ostersunds.

The Ostersunds boss will get to pit his wits against Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger in the last-32 of the Europa League following Monday’s draw.

Highly successful in Sweden

Potter has won promotion three times in five seasons and helped Ostersunds to the Swedish top-flight for the first time in their history.

In April, the minnows won their first ever Swedish Cup, which saw them make it to the second qualification round of the Europa League. Handed a tie with Turkish giants Galatasaray, the Swedish side were massive underdogs.

However, they recorded a surprise 3-2 win to make it to the next round, before seeing off Fola Esche and Greek side POAK to finally make it to the group stages.

The Swedish side then finished second in a group involving Athletic Bilbao, Zorya and Hertha Berlin. To make it out of the group stages was an amazing achievement for Swedish side.

Likes to do surprise people

Potter is anything but your typical football boss, setting out on his coaching career at Hull and then Leeds universities. He took his first step into senior club management in December 2010 when he joined Ostersunds.

While at the club, he has used unorthodox techniques to bring the best out of his players, such as the team and coaching staff performing modern dance to music from famous musical Swan Lake.

The team have a different cultural project each January that helps the players not just become better on the football field, but also better all-around human beings.

Potter may want to return to England

Graham Potter does not seem like the usual English football manager. The 42-year-old obviously has managerial ability to have inspired such an adventure at such a small club.

Maybe one day he would like to move back to his homeland and manage in the Premier League. Maybe he would. One thing is for sure, if his does well against Arsenal, it will do his reputation in world football no harm at all.

It seems English clubs are not quite clued up on Graham Potter. However, they should be because he may just be the sort British boss the game has lacked for a long time.

Will Arsenal dispatch Ostersunds comfortably?

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