Graham Aims For Europa League Glory

Former Macclesfield Town defender Graham Potter has the honour of being the only British Manager to reach the group stages of this year’s UEFA Europa League after his Ostersunds side reached the promised land for the first time in their history.

Following this afternoon’s draw, the Swedish side have been drawn alongside Athletic Bilbao, Hertha Berlin and Zorya Luhansk in a tough looking Group J.

Potter joined The Silkmen on a free transfer from Boston United in 2004 after having played for the likes of Birmingham City, Stoke City and York earlier in his career.

The defender made 57 league appearances for Macc, scoring eight times before hanging up his boots in the summer of 2005.

 

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Former Silkman Graham Potter (Pic courtesy of Silkmen Archives).

Shortly after retiring Graham graduated from the Open University with a social sciences degree, before taking up the role of Football Development Manager at the University of Hull.

He then moved a short distance to the University of Leeds, where he undertook a similar role whilst completing his Masters degree in Leadership and Emotional Intelligence.

Swedish side Ostersunds FK then made their move and secured his services back in December 2010, awarding him a three year contract which was testament to the potential they saw in the fledgling Manager.

Yet Potter has rewarded them in abundance, taking them from the Fourth Division to the top flight for the first time in their history.

Last April his side won the Swedish Cup and as a result, a place in this season’s UEFA Europa League.

The cataclysmic rise of Ostersunds was not over there however, as Potter’s side defeated the mighty Galatasaray, as well as Fola Esch and PAOK to reach the group stages for the first time.

Featured Pic courtesy of UEFA Europa League).

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