Brighton & Hove Albion chief executive and deputy chairman Paul Barber has revealed any changes to the playing squad will be part of a gradual process, as the Seagulls prepare for life under new head coach Graham Potter.
Albion’s new coaching trio of Potter, Billy Reid and Bjorn Hamberg arrived at the club from Swansea City earlier this month, with Kyle Macaulay also making the switch from South Wales as the club’s assistant head of recruitment, reporting to Paul Winstanley.
Barber was honest about Albion’s intentions to strengthen the playing squad, but stressed the importance of taking one step at a time as the Seagulls get ready for their third season in the Premier League.
He said, “With every new coach that comes in, there will be slightly different thoughts on the types of players needed for the way they want to play.
“We had ideas before Graham came in, but we’re now looking to verify those ideas with him, in terms of the players he thinks he’ll need.
“It would be very difficult to make wholesale changes to a squad in one transfer window — even if we wanted to or needed to, and we don’t think this is necessary – so, we’re realistic about any changes and Graham is too.
“The process for player recruitment will essentially be the same, with the added dynamic of Kyle Macaulay joining our recruitment team, and if there are to be changes to the squad, it will be evolutionary not revolutionary.”
Barber also explained the early activity that Potter has enjoyed on the south coast, and believes Albion’s new coaching staff can use the summer months to feel their way into the club and city.
“Graham’s been to the stadium, training ground and attended meetings. He’s also taken part in calls, he’s been looking at players and obviously assessing our existing squad in detail, while talking to the chairman, Dan Ashworth, Paul [Winstanley] and Kyle and basically getting to know the club and how we work.
“It’s obviously a question of using the time we’ve got in the early part of the summer to get the new coaching staff and Kyle Macaulay as settled as possible.
“It will also be about Graham getting to the know the squad as quickly as possible, and then obviously input into our recruitment plans as well, because that’s vitally important for us to maximise the value of pre-season and hit the ground running.”