Graham Potter shuts down rumours he could replace Steve Bruce at Newcastle


Newcastle target Graham Potter looks on during Brighton's Premier League clash with Leicester

Brighton boss Graham Potter is reportedly on Newcastle’s radar (Picture: Getty)

Graham Potter has hit out at ‘false headlines’ linking him with the Newcastle job and insists he remains fully focussed on seeing out a successful season with Brighton.

Mike Ashley’s controversial 14-year reign as Newcastle owner came to an end last week after the Premier League approved a Saudi Arabia-backed £305million takeover of the north east outfit.

Steve Bruce’s position as head coach appears under series threat and the Magpies have drawn up a list of high-profile potential replacements, with the likes of Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Roberto Martinez and Lucien Favre on their radar.

It’s understood Brendan Rodgers is Newcastle’s primary managerial target, but the Leicester boss is reportedly set to reject the club’s advances as he believes he is line succeed Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

Potter is another name mooted as a possible candidate for the role after an impressive start to the season for his Brighton side, who sit sixth in the Premier League table after four wins from seven matches.

However, it’s clear the 46-year-old Englishman, formerly manager of Ostersund and Swansea, has little interest in quitting the Seagulls to take over the reins at St James’ Park.

‘All it is is opinion. A lot of it is not true. It’s just what it is,’ Potter said.

‘I feel a little bit for the supporters because they have to read speculation or they have to read false headlines that aren’t correct.

‘But I think most people understand that’s just the world we’re in.

‘It was probably less than a year ago that there was a lot of the opposite noise around whether you’re doing a good job, or whether it’s time to move on for me, that type of stuff.’

Steve Bruce looks on during Newcastle's clash with Wolves

Bruce’s future remains unclear (Picture: Getty)

Potter added: ‘With football it can change quickly and I don’t pay too much attention to the noise from the outside.

‘I don’t trust the positive noise that much and I don’t get too carried away if it’s negative.

‘Like I said, this time last year – probably even less – I’m answering questions about whether I have the support of the board.’

Despite intense speculation surrounding his future, Bruce is expected to face the media later today ahead of Newcastle’s return to Premier League action at home to Tottenham.

The Magpies are winless in the English top flight this term and sit second-bottom with just three points to their name.

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