ALF RAMSEY, Brian Clough and Bobby Robson.
Just three of the all-time great English managers to have had statutes built in their honour.
But among the list of legends to be immortalised in stone could soon be a new name.
And he is a little-known 42-year-old from Solihull, who, against all the odds, has taken Sweden by storm.
Here’s introducing Graham Potter.
In just six years, he has guided Ostersunds from the Swedish fourth tier to the Europa League group stages, where they incredibly beat Hertha Berlin last month.
The former lower-league journeyman is actually the ONLY English manager in European competition this season.
And now an Ostersund resident has submitted a proposal to build a statue of him – a plan which has received so much support it will be discussed by the city’s council.
Speaking exclusively to SunSport, the Brummie blushed: “I read that in the local newspaper the other day.
“Apparently a few people have nominated it, so then it’s put to the commune and the commune then decides whether they want to do it or not.
“I’m hoping they can spend their money somewhere else – it is very embarrassing.”
“Embarrassing” is also the word Potter uses when asked about the comparisons he has drawn to ex-England boss Roy Hodgson, who himself had success in Sweden at the start of his managerial career.
But actually, the real embarrassment is that no English clubs have even enquired about the services of a man whose achievements to date are as magical as his fictional wizard namesake.
The ex-England Under-21 full-back shrugged: “There have been no approaches at all.
“Whether people are aware or people are interested, I’m not sure.
“But I’m not looking for it. I’m just concentrating on the job I’m doing.”
And what a job – if any chairman back home need telling – that is.
Potter, who came on as a sub for Southampton in their famous 6-3 win over Manchester United in 1996, quit playing aged 30 after a spell at Macclesfield – his tenth English club in a 13-year career.
He then became a coach at Hull University, before moving on to a similar role at Leeds Metropolitan – now Leeds Beckett – where he also studied for a master’s degree in leadership.
Potter enjoyed working in a “safe environment where you are not going to get sacked”.
But after five years in the education sector he was put in touch with Ostersunds by his former Boston team-mate and current Belgium No2 Graeme Jones, who knew the club’s chairman Daniel Kindberg.
Potter recalled: “I was going into the unknown.
“I had some anxieties about it. I was in a good position in the UK, my wife had a business which she’d built up and we’d just had our first child.
“And there were some struggles in the first six months.
“When I arrived, it was January and it was minus 25 degrees. I quickly saw why it’s known as the Winter City.
“If it gets too cold in training the footballs freeze and it can become quite dangerous, so you are having to bring them back and forth from indoors.
“There was also a lot of negativity around because the club had just got relegated into the fourth tier.
“There were 600 people going to watch our matches – and most of those wanted us to lose!”
How times have changed, with last Thursday’s tie against Hertha attracting a capacity crowd of 8,009 – quite a figure given the city’s population is only around 50,000.
So what has been the secret to Potter’s stunning success, which saw Ostersunds win the Swedish Cup last season for the first time in their short 21-year history.
Modest as ever, Potter replied: “We’ve just worked very hard.
“We had an idea of how we wanted to play and we tried to understand that we need to be different because of our own unique environment and challenges.
“We’ve obviously had a bit of luck as well.
“But looking back it’s pretty special to be involved in and I am very proud.”
It is not just performances on the pitch that Potter is proud of, however.
Each season Ostersunds take on a different cultural project, spending their time away from training to learn new skills, which they then show off to the public.
During Potter’s tenure they have performed a play, written a book, held an art exhibition, put on an open-air rock concert and, most memorably, staged their own version of ballet Swan Lake.
And this year? Potter revealed: “We are doing some work with the Sami people – the Laplanders – which is the indigenous culture here.
“One of the teachers is a Sami rap artist, so we are going be telling our own story through a rap song and perform it at an outdoor museum.
“The players have just bought into the fact that that’s how we work here and they see the value in making them a little more comfortable in the uncomfortable situations.”
Clearly, then, nothing fazes Potter or his players, which might explain how they were able to cope away at Galatasaray in July’s Europa League qualifier – and even win over the home fans.
Potter explained: “We were 2-0 up from the first leg, so the crowd were really hostile to start with.
“But when the final whistle blew, and we had drawn 1-1 to go through, their fans were clapping us and giving us a standing ovation.
“We did a lap round and it was spine-tingling.”
Ostersunds followed that famous win by seeing off Luxembourg’s Fola Esch and Greece’s PAOK Thessaloniki to reach the Europa League proper.
There, they top Group J, having played two, won two, beating Zorya Luhansk of Ukraine and Hertha, with Athletic Bilbao next up on Thursday week.
But lifting the Swedish league title one day – they are sixth and out of the running with four games to go this season – is the ultimate ambition for Potter.
And he added: “We have only been in the top division two seasons and it has been an unbelievable journey to get there.
“But the aim has got to be to try to win it for the first time.”
Do that and the proposal for Potter’s statue will surely get the green light.
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