Chelsea confirm appointment of Graham Potter



Chelsea have confirmed the appointment of Graham Potter as their new head coach. 


The Blues relieved Thomas Tuchel's of his duties on Wednesday following the 1-0 Champions League defeat to Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb. 


And Chelsea wasted no time in securing his replacement, bringing in Potter on a five-year deal. 


"Chelsea Football Club is 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," a statement read on the club's official website. 


"Potter is one of the most exciting coaches in the game, starting his journey in Sweden before bringing his talents to the English game over the past four seasons. The 47-year-old is educated to degree level in disciplines beyond sport and has combined these experiences to forge a collaborative, forward-thinking approach while developing attacking and winning football. 


"That has been in evidence during his time at Brighton & Hove Albion, where he achieved that club’s highest-ever league finish last season. Along the way, he earned praise for his winning brand of football on the south coast, while proving flexible in tactics and formations to be a step ahead of opponents." 



On his move to Chelsea, Potter said: "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." 


Potter will now be in charge for the game against Fulham this weekend.