Graham Potter jokes he acted like ‘a bit of an idiot’ after Brighton beat Manchester United

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‘I am actually an all right person!’: Graham Potter jokes he acted ‘like a bit of idiot’ when celebrating Brighton’s win over Manchester United, after he was filmed shouting ‘Seagulls’ while mobbed by fans

  • Brighton routed Manchester United on a remarkable afternoon for the Seagulls
  • Graham Potter was filmed jubilantly celebrating with fans outside the stadium
  • He insists it is key for managers to show emotion, and says he acted ‘like an idiot’
  • Potter explained he couldn’t get to his car, so felt he had ‘no choice’ but to join in

Brighton boss Graham Potter insists it is important for managers to show some emotion after acting ‘like a bit of an idiot’ as he celebrated his side’s thumping win over Manchester United.

Potter was filmed shouting ‘Seagulls’ while being mobbed by jubilant fans outside the Amex Stadium following last weekend’s 4-0 thrashing of United.

Albion’s crushing victory was a first on home soil since Boxing Day and they will seek to add to their club-record Premier League points tally at relegation-threatened Leeds on Sunday afternoon.

Graham Potter joked he acted like a ‘bit of an idiot’ after Brighton routed Manchester United

Potter's side routed United in style at the Amex, and he says managers should show emotion

Potter’s side routed United in style at the Amex, and he says managers should show emotion

Potter – who is usually far more reserved – says he was left with little option other than to join in with the revelry.

‘I couldn’t get back to my car,’ he explained. ‘That was the only way so I had no choice, essentially!

‘I am actually an all right person, you know? I have got a bit of emotion and am quite good company if you spend it out of this situation, I’d like to think!

The victory was Brighton's first on home soil since Boxing Day and he is keen to improve more

The victory was Brighton’s first on home soil since Boxing Day and he is keen to improve more

‘My role is to help the team and I have to try and be myself to help the team in the best way I can.

‘I’ve always said I don’t think it’s good to show no emotion at all, that’s a bit strange.

‘I think I have shown emotion over the last three years – and sometimes not in a good way.

‘But after you beat Manchester United 4-0 and play the way we did and you see the supporters and you feel their frustration over a season and the home record, sometimes it’s nice to walk through them and act like a bit of an idiot! ‘

Pascal Gross neatly slipped their third goal beyond David de Gea on a afternoon

Pascal Gross neatly slipped their third goal beyond David de Gea on a afternoon

Brighton have little to play for ahead of the trip to Elland Road, while 18th-placed Leeds are fighting to extend their top-flight stay to a third season.

The south-coast club – who have already accrued 47 points – are targeting a first top-half finish since promotion in 2017 and could yet end up anywhere between eighth and 14th position.

Having been made to sweat for survival in his first two seasons in Sussex, Potter insists Albion’s West Yorkshire opponents will not receive an easy ride.

‘The guys want to finish as well as they can,’ he said. ‘They’re young, ambitious, they want to do well.

Brighton are targeting a top-half finish, and they take on relegation-threatened Leeds next

Brighton are targeting a top-half finish, and they take on relegation-threatened Leeds next

‘Everyone’s fighting for the points. That’s what the Premier League is. Leeds don’t expect us to turn up there and have a nice, relaxed game and get ourselves back down the road.

‘They’ll know we are there to compete, to take the points ourselves, and that’s what makes the league so difficult.

‘We’ve been down there and you don’t get any help from anybody, you’ve got to do everything yourself.

‘We need to have that mentality at the weekend and look forward to finishing the season as strongly as possible.’

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