Ostersunds chief Potter in frame for Stoke job

Ostersunds' coach from England Graham Potter attends the UEFA Europa League group F fotball match Ostersund v Athletic Bilbao on October 18, 2017.

HITC Sport understands former Stoke player Potter is surprise contender for manager's job.

Ostersund's head coach Graham Potter reacts during the UEFA Europa League Group J football match between Zorya Lugansk and Ostersunds FK in Lviv on September 14, 2017.

Ostersunds coach Graham Potter has emerged as a surprise contender for the vacant manager's job at Stoke City, HITC Sport understands.

Stoke are searching for a new manager following Mark Hughes' sacking in the wake of their FA Cup exit at the hands of League Two Coventry City on Saturday.

Hughes was axed after four-and-a-half years in charge of Stoke following a dreadful run of form which has left the club in a survival fight this season.

A number of names have been linked with the vacancy, including Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill and Derby County chief Gary Rowett.

Stoke are keen to bring in a new man to help them climb clear of trouble at the wrong end of the table and their preference is to go for a British manager.

Ostersund's head coach Graham Potter (R) shakes hands with Zorya's head coach Iurii Vernydub (L) before the UEFA Europa League Group J football match between Zorya Lugansk and Ostersunds...

Potter is a British manager working in Europe and he has earned himself a reputation as one of the best young coaches around following his stunning success in Sweden with Ostersunds.

The 42-year-old has a past association with Stoke having played for the Potters for three years between 1993 and 1996.

The former England under-21 international, Potter, moved into coaching by taking the Ostersunds job in 2011, and he has worked wonders during his time with the Swedish outfit, having taken over the club in the fourth tier.

Potter’s remarkable journey has taken Ostersunds from the Swedish fourth tier into European football in just six years.

He has won one Swedish Cup and even guiding them to the group stage of this season's Europa League after a shock qualifying win over Turkish giants Galatasaray.

Ostersunds' coach from England Graham Potter attends the UEFA Europa League group F fotball match Ostersund v Athletic Bilbao on October 18, 2017.

Against all the odds Potter lead them to qualification from the group stage of the Europa League and a last 32 clash with Premier League giants Arsenal.

Potter's stunning success has not gone unnoticed across Europe and his work has brought him onto the radar of clubs in bigger leagues.

Potter's aim is to one day manage in England in the Premier League and he would be interested in the talking to Stoke about the job if they make an approach for him.

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