Bareky 24 hours after the sack of Thomas Tuchel on Wednesday as Chelsea coach, the management of the English club has announced the appointment of Graham Potter as new coach.
Potter, formerly with Brighton and Hove Albion was announced as coach on Thursday after negotiations went fast between both parties.
He signed a five-year contract with the former European champions who have Gabonese Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Senegalese Kalidou Koulibaly in the squad.
“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.
“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, ” the club said in a statement.
Potter also revealed his excitement about the move to one of the Premier League’s best teams.
“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.”
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