Graham Potter has now been officially announced as Chelsea’s new coach, replacing Thomas Tuchel after the Champions League-winning manager was sacked on Wednesday.
He has signed a contract for the next five years, arriving at Stamford Bridge after three impressive years with Brighton & Hove Albion, who he leaves fourth in the Premier League.
It is being reported that Chelsea had to pay 20m euros to prize him away from Brighton & Hove Albion.
“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 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.”
Graham Potter: I’m very excited to partner with Chelsea’s new ownership group
The coach himself also had his say on the move, expressing his excitement at working with the club’s new ownership group, fronted by Todd Boehly.
“I am incredibly proud and excited to represent Chelsea, this fantastic football club,” he started.
“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.”