FORMER Albion star Alan Curbishley has heaped praise on manager Graham Potter for his determination to take the club to the "next stage."

Curbishley played for Albion between 1987 and 1990, making 116 league appearances for the club, scoring 13 goals in the process.

The retired midfielder has been impressed by current manager Potter for progressing the club up the Premier League table.

The Argus: Alan Curbishley played 116 times in the league for AlbionAlan Curbishley played 116 times in the league for Albion

Albion have beaten their record points tally this season and could still finish in the top half of the table depending on results on the final day of the season against West Ham.

Speaking to Online Betting Guide, Curbishley said: "I know Graham Potter is currently doing an excellent job.

"What I think he's done is take the club to that next stage, previous managers were happy to hit that 40-point mark and ensure safety.

"But I think he's been asking for a bit more and asking that of his own players and the supporters.

"They've been a little disappointing at home at times and tailed off at one point, so the recruitment for them in the summer will be interesting.

"But it's great to see an English manager doing so well and it's great to see that Brighton have taken a chance on him.

"If he carries on keeping Brighton in the top half of the table, then his next move will be upwards.

"But at the moment, he's only been in the Premier League for a few seasons, and I think he would like to remain there for a few more.

"If that move does come along to the so-called bigger clubs, then he'll be ready, but for now I think he's in the right place."

Curbishley joined Albion and helped the club win promotion to the Second Division by finishing as runners-up in the Third Division in his first season at the club.