Chelsea have announced the appointment of Graham Potter as their head coach on a five-year contract.
Potter became Todd Buehle’s first managerial appointment after taking office in the summer. The American is still acting as sporting director after moving on to director Marina Granovskaya, chairman Bruce Buck and technical and performance advisor Petr Cech in an overhaul of Roman Abramovich’s trusted staff.
The 47-year-old will be followed from Brighton to Chelsea by Kyle MacaulayAnd the The recruitment expert who has been with him since his days at Ostersunds, assistant coach Billy ReidAnd the Goalkeeper coach Ben Roberts And the coach of the first team Bjorn Hamburg.
“I am very proud and excited to be representing Chelsea FC, this amazing football club,” Potter said. “I am very excited to be partnering with the new Chelsea ownership group and look forward to meeting and working with an exciting group of players and developing a team and culture that our incredible fans can be proud of.
“I would also like to extend my sincere thanks to Brighton & Hove Albion for giving me this opportunity and in particular Tony Bloom and all the players, staff and fans for their continued support during my time at the club.”
Tuchel was sacked on Wednesday Following Chelsea’s 1-0 loss to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League and only six games into the new Premier League season.
Chelsea owner Bohley met Potter in central London on Wednesday afternoon for what was described as “positive conversations” about the Brighton manager’s future role at Stamford Bridge and the club’s plans to develop the entire football operation.
After Potter’s appointment, Boehle said: “We are delighted to bring Graham to Chelsea. He is a proven and innovative manager in the Premier League and fits our vision for the club. Not only is he extremely talented on the pitch, but has skills and abilities beyond the pitch that will make Chelsea an even more successful club.”
“He has been a huge influence at his previous clubs and we look forward to his positive impact at Chelsea. We look forward to supporting him, his coaching staff and his squad in achieving their full potential in the coming months and years.”
Sky Sports analyst Jamie Carragher:
“It’s a ruthless club, I’m not sure [Graham Potter] Is the right choice – Chelsea might say they want to do things differently in the future in terms of having a coach in charge rather than a manager or do things behind the scenes differently. But if I were Graham Potter, I would find it very hard to believe that they would do things differently. They just got rid of the six-game manager of the season.
“It’s a huge step in his coaching career and Chelsea is still one of the big clubs. They’re still world champions at the moment, but you fear for Graham Potter that he’ll be in the same boat as every other Chelsea coach. For the last 10 years – unless he gets instant results, they’re going to get on another new manager for themselves in 12 months.”
Inside Tuchel’s last day at Chelsea
Tuchel emptied his office on Wednesday after the short 9:30 a.m. meeting where he was fired and stayed on the training ground with his departing coaching staff to bid them farewell.
The German manager, who joined the club in January 2021, wants to take a break before returning to football.
Tuchel is still highly regarded by many people at Chelsea for the awards and the leadership he has shown during very difficult circumstances. At Chelsea, the coronavirus pandemic and the end of the Abramovich era were two difficult scenarios – the latter leading to club penalties, non-payment of staff salaries and fear of the club going out of business.
Tuchel also demonstrated leadership during the takeover saga, while several major characters such as Bruce Buck, Marina Granovskaia and Petr Cech announced their departures.
Clubs like Manchester United and Barcelona were interested in Tuchel last season but he has always been loyal to Chelsea.
Although Chelsea ended up spending a record £278m this summer, there are differences of opinion between the co-owners and Tuchel over some goals and strategies.
For example, the owners were open to the idea of signing Cristiano Ronaldo from United but he was not wanted by Tuchel.
Meanwhile, Chelsea owners Bohli and Bagdad Ighbali met the Chelsea players and staff on Wednesday afternoon at Cobham.
They explained what happened with Tuchel and their vision for the club’s future. Bohli and Ighbali were also in the game in Zagreb on Tuesday.
September 10: Fulham (A) – Departure at 12.30 pm
September 14: Red Bull Salzburg (H) – The match starts at 8 pm
September 18: Liverpool (H) – The match starts at 4:30 pm
October 1st: Crystal Palace (a) The match starts at 3:00 pm
October 5: AC Milan (H) – The match starts at 8 pm