Graham Potter is trying to implement new ideas at Brighton but the new boss is keen for his players to take control of their own actions, writes Sky Sports reporter Johnny Phillips.
Against the backdrop of heavy industrial drilling and digging on a building site just a few yards from the main first-team training pitch, Brighton and Hove Albion’s head coach is speaking to his players.
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The builders are disruptive neighbours, albeit ones bringing huge benefits by constructing a new indoor arena at the club’s Lancing training base.
“It was a bit noisy out there,” concludes Graham Potter an hour or so later as we survey the scene from his office, but there is no suggestion that he is annoyed by their presence.
Potter had been on the training pitches since setting up the mannequins before the players strode out to work, and he was one of the last to leave, staying behind for a quick chat with Dale Stephens on his way back to the changing rooms.
Potter exudes a calm authority and does not appear to be ruffled easily, be it by either a Sky television crew rearranging his office furniture or some inflammatory words from striker Florin Andone, who is out on loan at Galatasaray.