October 4, 2022
Chelsea appoint Graham Potter as head coach on five-year contract


Graham Potter was appointed on Thursday as Chelsea’s new manager on a five-year contract following the sacking of Thomas Tuchel. The Englishman has left fellow Premier League club Brighton to move to Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea praising his “progressive football and innovative coaching”. The 47-year-old earned widespread acclaim for his work in Brighton. He led the Seagulls to ninth place last season and demanded an entertaining and deft performance from his players to take them to fourth on the table this time around.

Potter’s first game as Chelsea boss will be a derby in neighboring Fulham, west London, on Saturday.

“I am incredibly proud and excited to represent this wonderful football club, Chelsea FC,” he said.

“I am very excited to partner with Chelsea’s new ownership group and look forward to meeting and working with an exciting group of players and developing a team and culture that our wonderful fans can be proud of.”

Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly, who dropped Tuchel just seven games into the new season on Wednesday, believes Potter will fit in perfectly with his vision for the future at Stamford Bridge.

“We are thrilled to bring Graham to Chelsea. He is a proven coach in the Premier League and an innovator who fits our vision for the club,” Bohli said.

“Not only is he extremely talented on the pitch, he has the skills and abilities that carry over from the pitch which make Chelsea a more successful club.”

Potter was introduced as a candidate for the Manchester United job, which was eventually filled by Erik ten Haag, the mastermind of Brighton’s highest league finish last season, despite working on a limited budget.

But when Chelsea called, Brighton were unable to stand in the Englishman’s way because of a buy-out clause in his contract.

Potter’s impressive work in three years with Brighton, and during his previous spells at Swansea and Swedish club stersunds FK, marked him as a rising managerial star.

“Extraordinary Coach”

His success in the dug-out comes after a modest playing career that included eight Premier League appearances at Southampton, but was mostly spent in the lower leagues.

Brighton chairman Tony Bloom said: “I am deeply disappointed that Graham will leave us. He has done exceptionally well over the past three and a half seasons – he is an exceptional head coach and an extraordinary person.”

Despite all the claims, Chelsea will give Potter his first taste of dealing with the arrogance of superstar players, while competing against super-demanding new owners.

Already tipped to be a future England boss, Potter will face the toughest test of his career as he assesses a volatile situation at Stamford Bridge.

Tuchel reportedly had a strained relationship with his players and tensions with the owners of Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea’s statement clearly highlighted Potter’s “collaborative, forward-thinking approach”.

Tuchel was dropped on Wednesday, hours after Chelsea’s embarrassing 1-0 loss in their Champions League opening match against Dinamo Zagreb.

The German, less than 20 months in charge, walked away with the club sitting in a disappointing sixth place in the Premier League after winning only three of their first six matches.

Boehly’s union paid a world-record fee of 4.25 billion pounds ($4.9 billion) for a sports franchise to buy Chelsea from Roman Abramovich in late May.

He spent heavily in the summer transfer window, signing a slew of stars including Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling and Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

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But so far the outlay has not paid dividends, with damaging defeats against Leeds and Southampton ahead of the nightmare start of their Champions League campaign in Croatia.

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