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Potter: You can't fear the sack, you make wrong decisions then

Sun 14 March 2021 | 9:36

The Brighton manager thinks the fear of being fired as a manager can result in making poor decisions.

Six months after moving to


and signing a four-year deal,

Graham Potter

was gifted a contract extension in 2019 for two more years.

In the 2019-2020 season, Brighton ended the season sitting 15th on the

Premier League

table, earning 41 points. This season, however, the Seagulls are struggling to avoid relegation as the only thing keeping them from falling into the zone is goal difference with


in the 18th place.


I certainly feel the support of the hierarchy at the club, as I've said before,

" Potter said.

"I'm fortunate that I have a fantastic chairman, Tony Bloom is amazing, and the board, so I have no complaints whatsoever.

"I also know that it's football and these guys have got a huge responsibility and they have to do what they think is the right thing all the time because the most important thing is the club that when you're in my position you have to understand and respect that.

"But my relationship with them is brilliant, at the same time I understand that we are where we are.

"If results are like we are then of course there's always conversation and pressure from outside, but there's nothing you can do to control that."

Brighton are set to face


on Sunday, with the Saints putting an end to their nine winless games with a victory over Sheffield United last Saturday.

When quizzed about the pressure, Potter said:

"Of course, but the pressure isn't for my own personal situation, it's more for the responsibility that you have for the team and for the club.

"I made a promise to myself and my family when I started this job - back when we left England for Ostersund - you can't fear the sack, you can't be fearful of losing your job as a football manager because then I don't think you make the right decisions, I don't think you approach it in the right way.

"I think you've got to understand that and what I've said before, that the chairman, board, owners, they have a huge responsibility because they are responsible for the club so whatever they decide, whatever decision is made you've got to respect it.

"I've always thought like that, and then my job is to do my best but that still doesn't mean that you don't feel pressure, you don't feel the responsibility, you don't feel that strain - that's clear because you've got people you care about in the club that you want to do better for and help and that's where the pressure is."

Brighton will lock horns with


on March 20.

source: SportMob