Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan will have a new domestic boss next season after his Premier League club Brighton and Hove Albion appointed Graham Potter on a four-year contract on Tuesday (AEST).
Potter, who celebrated turning 44 on Tuesday, will replace Chris Hughton, who was sacked last week after the south-coast club narrowly avoided relegation from the top flight.
Ryan expressed his shock at seeing Hughton axed with the Seagulls finishing just two points clear of the drop zone.
"Brought the club success it could only dream of and will always be someone I have the highest respect for through how he conducts himself as a manager and a man," Ryan wrote on social media.
Potter has been recruited from Swansea City and guided the Welsh club to a 10th-place finish in the Championship despite cost-cutting measures following their relegation from the Premier League the previous season.
"I'm delighted to be here on my birthday," Potter told a news conference on Tuesday.
"I'm really sold on the vision for the club. It's a fantastic opportunity for me. I'm very excited and very proud."
Potter will be tasked with a rebuilding job at Brighton after winning three of their last 23 league games.
He came to prominence as a manager by leading Ostersunds from the fourth-tier to the Swedish top flight with three promotions, winning the Swedish Cup along the way.
Former defender Potter played for several English clubs, including Birmingham City, Stoke City, Southampton and West Bromwich Albion, making almost 400 appearances and scoring 19 goals in a career spanning 13 years.