Chelsea has named Graham Potter as their new head coach.

Graham Potter has been named the new head coach of #Chelsea on a five-year contract.

The club’s mission statement:

Chelsea Football Club is delighted to welcome Graham Potter as our new Head Coach, who has signed a five-year contract with the Club to bring his progressive football and innovative coaching to the Club.

Potter is one of the game’s most exciting coaches, having begun his career in Sweden before bringing his talents to the English game four seasons ago. The 47-year-old has a degree in disciplines other than football and has used these experiences to forge a collaborative, forward-thinking approach to developing attacking and winning football.

That was evident during his time at Brighton & Hove Albion, where he helped the club achieve its highest-ever league finish last season. Along the way, he earned praise for his winning style of football on the south coast, while also demonstrating tactical and formation flexibility to stay one step ahead of opponents.

Potter said of his move to Stamford Bridge, “I am incredibly proud and excited to represent Chelsea FC, this fantastic football club.” I am very excited to work with Chelsea’s new ownership group, and I am looking forward to meeting and working with the exciting group of players, as well as developing a team and culture that our incredible fans can be proud of. I’d also like to thank Brighton & Hove Albion for giving me this opportunity, particularly Tony Bloom and all the players, staff, and supporters for their unwavering support throughout my time at the club.’

‘We are thrilled to bring Graham to Chelsea,’ said chairman Todd Boehly. He is a proven Premier League coach and an innovator who fits our vision for the Club. Not only is he a gifted player on the field, but he also possesses skills and abilities that will help Chelsea become a more successful club. He had a significant impact at his previous clubs, and we anticipate a similar impact at Chelsea. We are excited to work with him, his coaching staff, and the team to help them reach their full potential in the coming months and years.’

‘Graham is a football innovator and winner on the field, as well as a leader off the field,’ said co-controlling owners Behdad Eghbali and José E. Feliciano. His football ideas and approach have greatly impressed us. We are excited to work with Graham to create a winning culture that values collaboration, innovation, teamwork, player development, and a commitment to excellence on and off the field. We are fortunate to have Graham and his team on board as partners in this endeavor.’

Potter, 47, will take over as head coach immediately.

Chelsea has announced the hiring of Graham Potter as their new head coach.

After agreeing to succeed Thomas Tuchel, Potter has signed a five-year contract and will take charge of Saturday’s trip to Fulham.

Chelsea moved quickly to sign Potter after calling Tuchel’s reign to an end on Wednesday morning.

Potter quickly emerged as Chelsea’s clear first choice, with former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino also on the shortlist.

The speed with which the process moved, on the other hand, convinced some in Brighton that Potter had been on Chelsea’s radar for some time.

Potter impressed co-controlling owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali in talks on Wednesday after being granted permission to speak with Chelsea earlier in the day after they agreed to pay his £15 million release clause.

Negotiations to make the 47-year-old the first managerial appointment of Chelsea’s Todd Boehly-Clearlake Capital era were completed on Thursday.

Potter is expected to bring several Brighton staff members with him to Stamford Bridge, including coaches Bjorn Hamberg and Billy Reid, as well as assistant recruitment chief Kyle Macaulay.

After saying his goodbyes to the players and staff who were saddened by his departure yesterday morning, he arrived at Chelsea’s in the afternoon.

Potter will lead Chelsea’s first training session tomorrow.

While Tuchel was only at the club for 100 days, Chelsea’s owners believe Potter is a better fit for them and their vision for the club in the long run.

They also wanted a coach with a track record of developing teams and developing young players, which added to Potter’s appeal.

Potter has done this in previous jobs at Ostersunds and Swansea, and he will continue to do so at Brighton.

He was named Brighton’s head coach in May 2019, after the club finished 17th that season.

He has led them to 15th, 16th, and 9th place finishes, and now leaves them in fourth place, having introduced an eye-catching style of play and in a healthy financial position after improving a string of players to the point where the Seagulls have been able to bank significant sums for them.

He will be reunited with one of them at Chelsea, left-back Marc Cucurella, who moved to London last month in a deal worth up to £62 million after a year under Potter at Brighton.

Yves Bissouma, Dan Burn, and Ben White are among those who have gone on to make a fortune after flourishing under Potter.

Potter has been assured that he will be given the time he needs to make things work at Chelsea under the terms of his contract, which runs until 2027.

Chelsea are sixth in the Premier League and have had a disastrous start to their Champions League campaign, with Tuchel sacked just hours after their humiliating 1-0 loss to Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday evening, his 100th match in charge.

Tuchel’s coaching staff will continue to manage the team in the interim, with a match against Fulham in west London on Saturday.

Chelsea’s sacking of Tuchel will cost the club £15 million, according to Sportsmail, with £13 million going to the German and £2 million going to his coaching staff.

The German is thought to have been one of the Premier League’s highest paid players, earning around £13 million per year.

Chelsea’s shortlist for a new manager included Mauricio Pochettino and Zinedine Zidane, as co-owner Todd Boehly looks to make his mark on the club with his first appointment.

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