Glenn Murray has welcomed Graham Potter’s likely appointment as new Albion boss.

But he has also spoken of the players’ shock at hearing Chris Hughton had been sacked.

Potter is in talks with the Seagulls with a view to succeeding Hughton, who was axed on Monday morning.

Albion striker Murray said: “That’s great news. He is obviously leading the race and favourite to become our new manager.

“I knew no more than what the betting odds and what the media outlets said.

“It is great to have a man at the helm and I look forward to working with him in pre-season.

“He won’t just have taken the job on a whim.

“He will have looked at the players, he will have done his homework on players, spoken to the club about who he can bring in, what his budget is.

“I’m sure he has got a great idea of what philosophy we are going to play and if his philosophy is going to be immediate or if it is going to be a transition.

“We will wait and see but I can’t wait to get back and play for him.”

Murray, appearing on beIN SPORTS’ coverage of the FA Cup final, also spoke about Hughton’s exit.

He admitted: “It came as quite a shock for us players but the club obviously feel they want to move forward and felt he wasn’t the right manager for the job.

“I’d just like to say it was a pleasure to work under him. He is a well-respected man in football.

“He has been, I think, possibly the most successful Brighton manager ever. He took us from a Championship relegation to Championship promotion and kept us in the Premier League two years and a semi-final of the FA Cup.

“I think he can look back on his time at Brighton with great pride.”