Chelsea FC: Graham Potter verbally commits to succeed Thomas Tuchel as new Blues coach


Raham Potter is set to be named Chelsea’s new head coach after further talks this morning in which he verbally agreed to take over at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues have moved quickly to appoint Brighton manager Potter after sacking Thomas Tuchel yesterday.

Potter had positive talks with co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali in London yesterday after being cleared to do so by Brighton.

Further talks took place today and Chelsea want the 47-year-old to pursue a long-term project at the club like Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp did at Manchester City and Liverpool.

Potter has impressed Boehly and Eghbali with his vision for the club, as the owners seek to create a new culture at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea are ready to pay a £15m release clause in their contract from Brighton and will be hoping Potter will be in place to take charge of the Fulham side when the midday kick-off on Saturday takes place.

Graham Potter has verbally agreed a deal to become Chelsea’s new manager

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Potter canceled his scheduled Brighton press conference this morning and he is expected to be named by Chelsea before the weekend.

After Potter verbally agreed to take over, Chelsea set about finalizing the finer details of the deal, including the composition of their backroom staff, as they moved quickly for the appoint.

Chelsea are believed to have considered other candidates for the job, including Sporting Lisbon manager Ruben Amorim and former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino. But Chelsea’s new owners quickly identified Potter as the man who will lead the new era at Stamford Bridge.

During his talks with Boehly and Eghbali, Potter asked three members of his Brighton backroom team to join him at Chelsea.

He outlined his plans for the future, which include appointing transfer guru Kyle Macaulay and his two trusted assistants, Billy Reid and Bjorn Hamberg, to join him.

Potter will be responsible for getting Chelsea back on track after a poor start to the season and ensuring they finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League. The Blues sit sixth in the Premier League, with 10 points from six games.

Tuchel was sacked yesterday following Tuesday night’s 1-0 Champions League loss to Dinamo Zagreb.

Potter’s move comes a week after the transfer window closed, during which new owners Chelsea spent nearly £300million.

If named before the weekend, Potter won’t have long to prepare the team for the early kick-off at Craven Cottage.

Former Tuchel manager Anthony Barry led training yesterday and was supported by loan manager Andy Myers and development team head coach Mark Robinson, academy manager Neil Bath overseeing the session.

Chelsea moved for Potter after being impressed with the work he did in transforming Brighton’s style of play as they ascended to the Premier League.

The Seagulls are fourth, after an impressive start to the season in which they beat Manchester United and won 2-0 at West Ham.

They beat Leicester 5-2 on Sunday and Chelsea were impressed with the former Swansea and Ostersunds manager’s record of improving young players.

Tuchel was sacked by Chelsea just 16 months after leading them to their second Champions League triumph.

Potter was at Brighton training ground this morning to bid farewell before heading to London to officially complete his move to Stamford Bridge.

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