Chelsea appoints Graham Potter as manager to replace Tuchel

Chelsea’s new US owners took a gamble with their first managerial appointment of their tenure, signing Graham Potter from Brighton in the Premier League on Thursday despite his lack of experience coaching at the highest level in football.

The 47-year-old Potter has agreed to a five-year deal as a replacement for Thomas Tuchel, who was fired on Wednesday after an apparent breakdown in his relationship with the recently installed Chelsea ownership team in front of Los Angeles Dodgers part-owner Todd Boyle.

While Tuchel won the Champions League with Chelsea last year and previously ran the locker room for football stars – such as Kylian Mbappe and Neymar – at PSG, Potter has a more murky coaching past and has won just one trophy, the Sweden Cup. in 2017.

It came during his seven years at remote Swedish club Östersund (2011-18), which he led from the country’s fourth tier to First Division and then to the Europa League for the first time.

Since then, he has coached Swansea for one season in the second tier of English football, and led the team to the FA Cup quarter-finals, before taking charge of Brighton in 2019. Brighton are currently fourth in the Premier League, having finished last season in Ninth place. The highest in the club’s history.

Chelsea said Potter would provide “progressive football and innovative coaching” to the club, while Pohle said the new coach “fits our vision”.