ALBION boss Graham Potter has admitted that he has been inspired other people's tactics and has used some form of them during his time at the club.

Potter has been praised since he revolutionised Albion's style of play after taking over from the more defensive coach and his predecessor Chris Hughton.

While it may have taken a couple of years to see results turn in the club's favour, the improvements have been noticeable through the style of play implemented by Potter.

The main issue before this season was converting chances, whereas this season the players have been more clinical and the Seagulls have reaped the rewards and are currently fifth in the Premier League table.

Potter told the Argus that he used to watch Pep Guardiola's Barcelona team that dominated Europe.

He said: "When I was younger it was Pep Guardiola's Barcelona team, they were a fascinating watch, I also followed Roberto Martinez when he was at Swansea and before he went to Wigan, because I was friends with his assistant."

The manager has also said that he has been inspired by the former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson during his days on the pitch, rather than on the touchline.

Potter said: "I suppose from a playing career it was Sir Alex Ferguson's treble-winning side.

"I was lucky enough to play against that team, and it was a fantastic side."

The Argus: Graham Potter has been influenced by Pep Guardiola and Sir Alex FergusonGraham Potter has been influenced by Pep Guardiola and Sir Alex Ferguson

The Seagulls boss has also admitted that in management no-one is unique and that tactics are just rehashed and re-implemented by others.

He said: "I think in football you take bits from everybody, and you just try to steal ideas and then try to come across as original, but actually nothing is original in football.

"It has all been done before by someone far more able."

Potter's success at Albion has been noticed by many as he has, on occasion, been linked with some other jobs in the country as well as being called the best current English manager by his Spanish idol, Pep Guardiola.