Chelsea transfer news: Blues appoint Graham Potter as manager

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Chelsea have appointed Graham Potter as Thomas Tuchel’s successor as head coach, the English tactician arriving from Brighton on a 5-calendar year deal.

The Blues acted speedily following sacking Tuchel, approaching Brighton and agreeing a compensation bundle in the location of £21 million for Potter and his personnel.

Talking on the club’s site following being appointed, Potter explained: ‘I am incredibly very pleased and thrilled to represent Chelsea FC, this wonderful soccer club.

“I am pretty fired up to spouse with Chelsea’s new ownership team and seem ahead to meeting and operating with the fascinating team of gamers and to acquire a team and tradition that our awesome fans can be proud of.

“I would also like to spot my sincere thanks to Brighton & Hove Albion for enabling me this option and in certain Tony Bloom and all the gamers, workers and supporters for their continued help throughout my time at the club.’

Proprietor Todd Boehly said: “We are thrilled to bring Graham to Chelsea. He is a confirmed coach and an innovator in the Leading League who fits our eyesight for the Club.

“Not only is he exceptionally proficient on the pitch, he has skills and capabilities that prolong further than the pitch which will make Chelsea a extra effective Club.

“He has had a major impact at his previous Clubs’ and we search forward to his good influence at Chelsea.

“We appear ahead to supporting him, his coaching staff and the squad in realising their total prospective in the coming months and many years.’

The Potter route

Potter was discovered virtually right away as Todd Boehly’s desire in the function, the 47-yr-old’s tactical nous and enhancement of expertise catching the eye at Brighton in the latest seasons.

Potter led the Seagulls to a ninth-put complete past phrase and served mould Marc Cucurella into a left-again Chelsea felt compelled to shell out £62m/€71m for before this summertime.

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Chelsea Football Club is delighted to welcome Graham Potter as our new Head Coach! 🤝

— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 8, 2022

Potter will take charge of his to start with match versus the Blues’ area rivals Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

He cut his coaching enamel in Sweden, leading Ostersunds to three consecutive promotions and then into the knock-out rounds of the Europa League in 2018.

Soon after a solitary season at Swansea, he has led Brighton – scorching favourites for relegation – to finished of 15th, 16th and ninth in the Premier League.

Tuchel received the Champions League with Chelsea in 2021 and the FIFA Club Entire world Cup as just lately as February but success so far this season ended up disappointing.

Cucurella was a person of eight new arrivals at Stamford Bridge this summer season, setting the club again a transfer window record €296 million, but the Blues experienced misplaced three of their past 5 games.

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