Men's Coaching Staff

Men's Coaching Staff

Date of Birth
20/05/1975
Signed
20/05/2019

Graham Potter

Head Coach

Graham Potter was appointed head coach on 20th May 2019, joining the Seagulls after one season at Swansea City in the Sky Bet Championship.

Born in Solihull, the former defender served a number of clubs including Birmingham City, Stoke City, Southampton and West Bromwich Albion, making almost 400 appearances and scoring 19 goals in a playing career spanning 13 years.

After he finished playing, he studied for an Open University degree in social sciences before completing a master’s degree in leadership and emotional intelligence with Leeds Metropolitan University.

Before moving to Sweden in 2010, Potter was football development manager at the University of Hull, technical director for the Ghana women’s team at the 2007 World Cup and held coaching roles with the Combined Universities squad and Leeds Metropolitan University.

Potter guided Swedish club Ostersund from the fourth tier into the top flight during his seven-and-a-half seasons at the club, also winning the Svenska Cupen [Swedish Cup] and qualifying for the Europa League.

Next was a move to Swansea City for the 2018/19 season, and Potter guided the Swans to a tenth-placed finish after their relegation from the Premier League, while also reaching the quarter-finals of the Emirates FA Cup.

Billy Reid

Assistant Head Coach
Coaching Staff

By Paul Hazlewood
Billy Reid

Billy Reid was appointed assistant head coach on 20th May 2019, joining the Seagulls after one season at Swansea City in the Sky Bet Championship alongside Graham Potter.

Born in Glasgow, the Scotsman enjoyed an 11-year playing career that included spells at Queen of the South, Clyde, Hamilton Academical and Stirling Albion — playing more than 300 matches.

Reid was given his first managerial opportunity in 2002 at former club Clyde, before taking over permanently for the 2004/05 campaign, guiding the club to a third-placed finish in the Scottish First Division.

Next was a move to Hamilton Academical, where he spent more than seven years and guided the club to the Scottish Premier League in 2018, while also winning the PFA Scotland Manager of the Year award.

Despite being linked with managerial jobs elsewhere, Reid linked up with Potter at Ostersund in November 2013 and helped the club reach the top flight of Swedish football and qualify for the Europa League.

Reid followed Potter to Swansea City in June 2011 and was part of the coaching staff that guided the Welsh club to a tenth-placed finish in the Sky Bet Championship and the quarter-finals of the Emirates FA Cup.

 

Bjorn Hamberg

First-Team Coach
Coaching Staff

By Paul Hazlewood
Bjorn Hamberg

Bjorn Hamberg was appointed first-team coach on 20th May 2019, joining the Seagulls after one season at Swansea City in the Sky Bet Championship alongside Graham Potter and Billy Reid.

Hamberg worked with Potter at Ostersund, helping the Swedish club climb into the top flight from the fourth tier, while also winning the Svenska Cupen [Swedish Cup] and reaching the knockout stages of the Europa League.

Next was a move to Swansea City with Potter and assistant head coach Billy Reid, and the trio helped the Welsh club to a tenth-placed finish in the Sky Bet Championship and the quarter-finals of the Emirates FA Cup.

 

Ben Roberts

Goalkeeping Coach
Coaching Staff

By Paul Hazlewood
Ben Roberts

Ben Roberts was appointed Brighton & Hove Albion's first-team goalkeeping coach in June 2015, and has played a pivotal role in supporting the club's shot-stoppers over previous seasons.

The Seagulls clinched promotion to the Premier League in the 2016/17 Championship season, and Roberts had a big involvement behind the scenes, with first-team goalkeeper David Stockdale praising him for his expertise throughout the season.

Roberts then supporters Mathew Ryan and his fellow shot-stoppers during the club's first-ever season in the Premier League, as the Seagulls finished 15th and reached the quarter-finals of the Emirates FA Cup.

Roberts began his playing career at Middlesbrough in 1991, and kept goal in the 1997 FA Cup Final against Chelsea.

He moved to Charlton Athletic in 2000; before signing for Albion three years later, following an impressive loan spell under then-boss Steve Coppell. In his first full season he won promotion to the Championship.

He was part of Albion's play-off winning side of 2004, but made his final appearance in the Millennium Stadium 1-0 win over Bristol City - as the popular keeper was forced to retire due to a back injury in 2005.

After a spell out of the game, spent travelling around the world, he joined Yeovil Town as goalkeeping coach in 2009.

In 2010 he returned to Charlton - as goalkeeping coach, with his first game against Albion at Withdean.

Since ending his playing career he also gained a first-class honours degree in sports science and coaching.