Chelsea have confirmed the appointment of Graham Potter as their new head coach.
Potter has signed a five-year deal and will take care of Saturday’s trip to Fulham after agreeing to succeed Thomas Tuchel.
“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.”
Chelsea sprang into action quickly to land Potter after taking time for Tuchel’s reign on Wednesday morning.
Graham Potter has been appointed as Chelsea manager to the sacked Thomas Tuchel . to replace
Chelsea sprang into action to land Brighton boss Potter after calling time during Thoms Tuchel’s reign
Potter soon emerged as Chelsea’s clear first-choice, with former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino 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 impressed in talks with co-controlling owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali
And negotiations were finalized on Thursday to make the 47-year-old the first managerial appointment of Chelsea’s Todd Boehly-Clearlake Capital era.
Potter is expected to bring a number of members of his Brighton staff to Stamford Bridge, including coaches Bjorn Hamberg and Billy Reid plus assistant recruiting chief Kyle Macaulay.
After saying goodbye to players and staff saddened by his departure on Thursday morning on the Brighton training ground, he arrived at Chelsea in the afternoon.
Brighton assistant Billy Reid could be one of the staff members to follow Potter to Chelsea
Potter will train for Chelsea for the first time tomorrow.
“We are delighted to bring Graham to Chelsea,” said 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 made 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.”
While Tuchel only lasted 100 days, Potter is someone Chelsea’s owners plan for the long term and believe will be a better fit for them and their vision for the club.
They also wanted to hire a coach with a track record of developing a team and improving young players, adding to Potter’s appeal.
Potter has done so in his previous jobs at Ostersunds and Swansea and continued that trend in Brighton.
He was named Brighton’s head coach in May 2019 after they finished 17th that season.
He has led them to 15th, 16th and ninth places and leaves them in fourth place, with a standout style of play and sound financial standing after improving a roster of players to the extent that the Seagulls have been able to raise significant amounts of money. bank for them.
He will be reunited with one of them at Chelsea in left-back Marc Cucurella who moved to London last month after a year under Potter in Brighton in a deal worth up to £62million.
Potter reunites with Marc Cucurella, who left Brighton for £62million last month
Yves Bissouma, Dan Burn and Ben White are among others who have made big profits after flourishing under Potter.
Potter has been assured that he will give time to make things work at Chelsea in accordance with the contract which runs until 2027.
Chelsea are sixth in the Premier League and have had a miserable start to their Champions League campaign, with Tuchel hours after their humiliating 1-0 loss to Dinamo Zagreb, his 100th game on Tuesday night.
Tuchel’s coaching staff will continue to lead the squad in the meantime with a game against West London rivals Fulham on Saturday.
Sportsmail has revealed Chelsea’s firing Tuchel will cost the club £15 million, with £13 million going to the German and £2 million to his coaching staff.
Clearly the German was one of the Premier League’s biggest earners, earning around £13 million a year.
Mauricio Pochettino and Zinedine Zidane were also shortlisted candidates for a new manager as co-owner Todd Boehly aims to make his mark on the club with his first appointment.