Graham Potter left the Amex on Thursday after being appointed Chelsea manager.
Potter forged his reputation during a hugely successful spell with Swedish team Östersund but had experience of the English game both as a player, with various clubs in the ’90s and early 2000s, and as a head coach of Swansea – the role he held when Albion recruited him in 2019.
Having achieved minor miracles in Norwegian football, Knutsen is expected to move to an established European club in the near future – it’s simply a matter of time.
He has led Bodo/Glimt to back-to-back titles and the quarter-finals of the inaugural Europa Conference League – a competition in which they trashed potential winner Roma 6-1 in the group stage.
Whilst the hunt for Brighton’s new manager continues, Andrew Crofts, the under-21 coach, is currently in interim charge alongside various others, including former England and Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana, none of whom are priced up for the vacancy.
Instead, leading the market for the Albion job has seen Knutsen drift in the betting for another Premier League vacancy and he’s currently 2/1, closely followed by Roberto De Zerbi and Nottingham Forrest Steve Cooper at 4/1 and 6/1 respectively.
Ange Postecoglou has also been mentioned as an ideal fit for Brighton but it might be difficult to tempt him away from Celtic; Ange is priced at 8/1.
Interestingly, ex-Manchester United and fellow Norwegian Ole Gunnar Solskjær is a late addition to the party but a number of bookmakers have started to shorten his odds; and although still an outsider, he’s currently 14/1 for a move to Brighton.
Next Brighton Manager Odds:
- Kjetil Knutsen 2/1
- Roberto De Zerbi – 4/1
- Steve Cooper – 6/1
- Ange Postecoglou – 8/1
- Bruno – 10/1
- Nathan Jones 10/1
- Russell Martin – 12/1
- Ole Gunnar Solskjær – 14/1
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