Graham Potter ‘gets £60M contract’ after swapping Brighton for Chelsea… and Blues chiefs ‘want their new manager to help pick a sporting director’ ahead of the World Cup as part of the reconstruction off the field
- Graham Potter ‘gets’ £60m contract as Chelsea’s new boss
- Former Brighton manager to have a say in the Blues’ new sporting director
- Chelsea owners call Potter an ‘innovator’ after agreeing to become new coach
- Todd Boehly fired Thomas Tuchel on Wednesday after 19 months at the club
Chelsea have given new coach Graham Potter a £60million contract on his appointment on Thursday, and want him to help choose the club’s new sporting director.
According to a report in the Telegraph, the five-year deal is one of the longest handed out contracts in Chelsea history and is worth £12million a year.
That contract comes on top of the £15 million the club paid to get the 47-year-old out of its Seagulls deal.
Graham Potter is expected to make around £60million when he completes his five-year term at Chelsea
Potter has taken five members of his staff from Amex Stadium to West London, including assistant Billy Reid, coaches Bjorn Hamberg and Bruno, and goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts.
Although recruiting specialist Kyle Macaulay has also been tracked from the south coast and will have a say in all future Chelsea transfer activities. Potter will also assist in the search for a new sporting director at the club.
The Blues are looking to find a ‘world class’ director, with the club talking to people with both Premier League experience and people who have worked on the continent.
Ideally, Chelsea would like to have the new person in place before the Premier League shuts down for the World Cup in November, allowing time for any moves in the January transfer window.
Chelsea owner Todd Boehly (center) was quick to appoint Graham Potter as the new boss of Blues
New co-controlling owner Todd Boehly had placed himself in the role of sporting director this summer. However, he now wants a permanent person in that role who would allow him to step back and just support the new full-time appointment along with Behdad Eghbali.
Both Boehly and Eghbali are said to have been impressed by Potter’s ‘risk-taking’ after he began his coaching career in Sweden at Ostersunds, before moving to Swansea and then by his good work at Brighton in the Premier League – they were also attracted by Potter’s Masters in Emotional Intelligence as well.
The club wasted no time in securing Potter’s appointment. The deal was agreed just over 24 hours after the club split with Thomas Tuchel.
Thomas Tuchel was sacked on Tuesday evening after Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb
Chelsea also held talks with former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino on Wednesday, but decided on Potter, who played Premier League football for Southampton in the mid-1990s, as the man to take the club forward.
Chelsea’s new American owner, Boehly, confirms his appointment.
“We are delighted to bring Graham to Chelsea. He is a proven coach and an innovator in the Premier League who fits our vision for the club. Not only is he exceptionally talented on the pitch, he has skills and abilities that go further. than reach the pitch, making Chelsea a more successful club.
He has made a big impact at his previous clubs and we look forward to his positive impact at Chelsea. We look forward to supporting him, his coaching team and the squad in the coming months and years to realize their full potential.”