Hibs assistant John Potter has taken the time to reflect on his stint as a first-team coach at Sunderland.
The 39-year-old has had a short but eventful time in coaching and management. After a spell at Dunfermline as both the Pars’ U20s and first-team boss, Potter moved with Jack Ross to Sunderland as a first-team coach.
Once the Hibees manager left the Stadium of Light, Potter followed him to Easter Road. Looking back on his Wearside stint, Potter admits his new job will be ‘one extreme to the other’ after a learning curve with the Black Cats.
He told the Scottish Sun: “I really, really enjoyed my job down there. It’s a brilliant club with really good people. It can be a wee bit crazy at times but it’s a really, really good club.
“Down there we felt we did a good job to actually get it to where we left it. Here it’s a lot more settled in terms of staff. So I’ve seen a bit of everything over the past four or five years. I learned a lot working with younger players at Dunfermline, being in administration.
“To then get the chance with Jack at Sunderland was one extreme to the other. This might be a little bit more normal — we’ll see!”
Going well so far at Hibs
Potter clearly has a lot of admiration for Sunderland. When you consider the fact that Ross had the club in the play off spots prior to his sacking and now they languish in 12th as a League One promotion charge unravels, perhaps Ross’ men were actually doing quite well under the circumstances.
Regardless of that, Potter will have enjoyed his start to life at Hibs as the ex-Sunderland manager’s assistant. He got that role after Ross’ former number two James Fowler opted for a move to Kilmarnock as head of football operations.
So far, Hibs have won three times, lost twice and drawn once under Ross. They’ll face another tough challenge in his next match when they take on Rangers at Easter Road.
Potter is seemingly hoping for a calmer storm than the one he had to endure at Sunderland.