Alex McLeish has backed Brighton boss Graham Potter to implement an “exceptional” style of football if named Tottenham manager. 

The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, revealed he had been hugely impressed by the 46-year-old both in person and on the touchline.

The Athletic claim Potter is among four candidates in the running as Jose Mourinho’s successor heading into the summer.

Football Insider has since revealed Spurs are confident of an appointment soon after narrowing their shortlist down to three names.

Potter guided Brighton to a 16th-placed finish in the Premier League this season.

McLeish insisted the former Swansea boss would be an exciting appointment thanks to his brand of football.

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McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Certainly I’m hearing the name Graham Potter. I think he’s a terrific young manager.

“The football that they’ve played at Brighton over the last couple of years has been pretty exceptional. I’ve been very impressed by him.

“I’ve spoken to him and met him a couple of times but just watching the way his team play, he’s had the wherewithal to do it in Scandinavia.

“He got them playing a certain system, the pressing game, playing out of the back. Okay, you need to choose the players to come into the system but we know that young players are growing up playing that way now.

“Academies, women’s football, everything, everybody’s playing out of the back. Young players are going to grow up that way.

“Graham going into Spurs, if he was, he’d obviously need, again, to make some changes, bring some players in.”

Potter started his coaching career in Sweden with Ostersund, where he spent seven years as head coach.

He spent a season with Swansea before joining Brighton.

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