It is being reported that Chelsea had to pay 20m euros to prize him away from Brighton & Hove Albion.
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Graham Potter was always Chelsea’s first-choice option to replace Thomas Tuchel. But it is also reported that Sporting Lisbon coach Ruben Amorim and Mauricio Pochettino were also considered but Chelsea wanted Potter after his exciting start to this season.
“Chelsea are delighted to welcome Graham Potter as our new head coach, joining us on a five-year contract to bring his progressive football and innovative coaching to the club,” the Blues stated on Thursday.
Potter is delighted after the arrival at Chelsea
‘I am incredibly proud and excited to represent Chelsea FC, this fantastic football club. I am very excited to partner with Chelsea’s new ownership group and look forward to meeting and working with the exciting group of players and to develop a team and culture that our amazing fans can be proud of. I would also like to place my sincere thanks to Brighton & Hove Albion for allowing me this opportunity and in particular Tony Bloom and all the players, staff and supporters for their continued support during my time at the club.’Graham Potter
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‘We are thrilled to bring Graham to Chelsea. 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 capabilities that extend beyond the pitch which will make Chelsea a more successful Club.
He has had a major 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 realising their full potential in the coming months and years.’
Todd Boehly – Chelsea Chairman
Graham Potter for Brighton:
156 goals scored
166 goals conceded
Team performance in each premier league year :
2019/20 Season – 15th place
2020/21 Season – 16th place
2021/22 Season – 9th place
Currently sitting at 4th place
Taking Chelsea charge immediately
Fans are largely unhappy about Tuchel’s dismissal, but they will get behind their new man this weekend. The appointment has happened quickly which means that Potter should be in charge for the Fulham game on Saturday.