Adam Lallana appointed as interim Brighton coach for this weekend after Graham Potter joined Chelsea
Adam Lallana has been sensationally appointed as Brighton’s interim coach this weekend after Graham Potter joined Chelsea on a five-year deal… with the current midfielder in support of Andrew Crofts at Bournemouth
- Graham Potter has been announced as Chelsea’s new boss on a five-year contract
- Brighton travels to Bournemouth in the Premier League this weekend
- Adam Lallana is currently out with a calf injury, but is stepping down as interim coach
- He will support Brighton U21 coach Andrew Crofts at the Vitality Stadium
Brighton midfielder Adam Lallana will sensationally make the switch to interim coach for their trip to Bournemouth this weekend.
It comes after permanent boss Graham Potter was announced as the new Chelsea boss on a five-year contract.
But the 34-year-old will now support Andrew Crofts as interim head coach for their trip to Vitality Stadium this weekend.
Brighton midfielder Adam Lallana sensationally makes the switch to interim coach
“While our focus is now on appointing Graham’s successor as head coach, our immediate focus is of course on Saturday’s game in Bournemouth and supporting Andrew Crofts as interim head coach,” said Brighton chairman Tony Bloom.
Crofts – currently Brighton’s U21 coach – is also supported by his assistant Shannon Ruth, set play coach Nick Stanley and assistant goalkeeper coach Jack Stern.
Lallana is currently out with a calf injury and is not expected to return to the playing squad until the Seagulls take on his former club Liverpool on October 1.
The club therefore have time to name a replacement for Potter after this weekend’s game, with next week’s game at the Amex against rivals Crystal Palace – scheduled to be their last game before the international break – being postponed due to train strikes.
Graham Potter has been appointed as Chelsea manager to the sacked Thomas Tuchel . to replace
But they will now be playing all of these games without Potter, who will now take charge of the Blues for the first time when they take on rival West London Fulham on the same day.
“I am incredibly proud and excited to represent Chelsea FC, this fantastic football club,” said Potter.
“I am very excited to be working with Chelsea’s new ownership group and look forward to meeting and working with the exciting group of players and developing a team and culture that our amazing fans can be proud of.
“I would also like to express my sincere thanks to Brighton & Hove Albion for giving me this opportunity and in particular to Tony Bloom and all the players, staff and supporters for their continued support during my time at the club.”
Potter will take some of his Brighton staff to Stamford Bridge, including coaches Bjorn Hamberg and Billy Reid, plus assistant recruiting chief Kyle Macaulay.
Potter will bring members of his Brighton staff, including coach Billy Reid (right)
Chelsea rushed into action to land Potter after he had time for Thomas Tuchel’s reign on Wednesday morning.
Potter soon emerged as Chelsea’s clear first-choice, with former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and Sporting Lisbon’s Ruben Amorim among the managers also considered.
However, the speed with which the process was proceeding convinced some in Brighton of that fact and that Potter had been in Chelsea’s crosshairs for some time.
Potter impressed in talks with co-controlling owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali on Wednesday, having been cleared to speak with Chelsea earlier in the day after agreeing to pay his £15million escape clause.
Potter was spotted on Chelsea’s training ground in Cobham on Thursday afternoon
We are delighted to bring Graham to Chelsea,” said Blues owner Boehly. He is a proven coach and an innovator in the Premier League who fits our vision for the club.
“Not only is he extremely talented on the pitch, he has skills and abilities that extend beyond the pitch, making Chelsea a more successful club.
“He has had a big impact at his previous clubs” and we look forward to his positive impact at Chelsea. We look forward to supporting him, his coaching team and the squad in the coming months and years to realize their full potential.”