Graham Potter will be ‘a resounding success’ at Chelsea and will make players ‘better and better’, says his former Swansea assistant Alan Curtis… as he backs him to ‘do things his own way’ at Stamford Bridge
- Former Swansea assistant Alan Curtis insists Graham Potter will be a success
- Graham Potter becomes Chelsea’s new manager after agreeing deal
- He will probably be in the dugout for Chelsea’s game against Fulham on Saturday
Graham Potter will be a huge success if he takes the job at Chelsea, says his former Swansea City assistant manager Alan Curtis.
The Brighton & Hove Albion boss has verbally agreed a contract to become the new Blues manager and he is expected to take position in the dugout for Saturday’s game against Fulham.
Owner Todd Boehly, who was in charge, wasted no time dishing out Thomas Tuchel after the disastrous Champions League loss to Dinamo Zagreb and he has taken swift action to get Potter.
Graham Potter has verbally agreed a contract to become the new Chelsea manager
Potter, who is going through some final details of the contract this morning, is expected to be in the Chelsea dugout, along with his Seagulls staff, for the Blues’ game against Fulham on Saturday.
Curtis, who worked with Potter at Swansea, is confident he will be a success at Stamford Bridge, just as he has proven at both of his previous clubs in England.
He led Brighton to ninth place in the Premier League last season and currently has the Seagulls in fourth place after the first six games of the campaign.
His former Swansea City assistant Alan Curtis believes Potter will be a huge success at Chelsea
“I think everyone can see they’re getting a top-notch manager and he’s an excellent coach, a good communicator,” Curtis told Sky Sports via Daily football.
“The proof in the pudding is that he produces teams that play great, attractive football. They also win games with Brighton, so it’s a great combination.
“When you go into Chelsea it’s a much different and more challenging job than when he was at Swansea and when he was at Brighton – dealing with different individuals and dealing with such a huge club.”
The 68-year-old Welshman has confirmed that Potter likes to do things his own way, including proposing signings and improving the current crop of players.
Curtis insists Potter wants to do things his way and will sink his teeth into the players
“But he will want to do things his own way. In terms of recruiting, he will identify players.
“They have an incredibly talented squad anyway and I’m sure if and when he takes the job he can’t wait to get his teeth into the players.
“Certainly from our point of view, the players were not skeptical, from his first meeting, from his first training, they were right behind him.
“There was a feeling that the players were getting better and better. There is nothing better for a player than having your game constantly improved and challenged.
“I have no doubt that if he goes to Chelsea, he will be a resounding success.”
Potter quickly emerged as Chelsea’s No. 1 target and he was engaged in sophisticated talks with the Blues on Wednesday night to reach an agreement.
After formally approaching Brighton, Chelsea were allowed to speak to Potter shortly after news of Tuchel’s departure broke.
Talks with the Potter are said to have been led by co-owner Todd Boehly (pictured)
Those talks were led by co-owners Boehly and Behdad Eghbali in London on Wednesday afternoon and continued into the evening.
Sources said the only way Chelsea wouldn’t name him is if he turned down the role – which hasn’t proved a stumbling block for Potter eager to move to West London.
Potter’s identification as Chelsea’s preferred option to replace Tuchel – who? Sports post revealed will receive a whopping £13million in compensation after his shock layoff – at a time when the club has no sporting director.
Chelsea, currently sixth, are now hoping they can get an immediate boost from Potter’s imminent arrival in a bid to revive their domestic and Champions League campaigns.
GRAHAM POTTER’S BRIGHTON RECORD
Games played: 134
Goals Scored: 161
Goals against: 172
Points per game: 1.28