Chelsea have appointed Graham Potter as their new manager, with John Terry and Pep Guardiola already giving their opinions on Thomas Tuchel’s replacement.
Potter has left his Premier League club Brighton to join Chelsea on a five-year deal.
The 47-year-old’s appointment comes less than 48 hours after Tuchel was sacked after a disappointing start to the season.
Chelsea have won just half of their Premier League games this season, losing their opener in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Despite the team’s recent struggles, Tuchel guided Chelsea to three trophies – including the Champions League – after succeeding Frank Lampard at the hot pitch of Stamford Bridge in January 2021.
Potter takes charge of a Chelsea side that are sixth in the Premier League, three points behind his former club Brighton in fourth place.
The England manager has been praised for his work at Brighton, with both Chelsea legend Terry and Manchester City manager Guardiola being huge admirers of Potter.
Speaking of Potter last season, Guardiola said: “It’s a pleasure to watch Brighton, a pleasure to analyze them. At the same time, when you see them, you worry about their quality.
‘We [Man City] must be at the highest level to compete against them. I’m absolutely a huge fan of Graham Potter.
“Everyone plays in their positions, the ball comes into their positions, the players move freely and everyone knows what they have to do. They have the guts to play anywhere.”
Terry, meanwhile, praised Potter at the start of the season, writing on social media: “How good is Graham Potter? I love how Brighton play and he has to be one of the best young managers. Tick every box for me.’
Potter, meanwhile, insists he is “incredibly proud” to join Chelsea and wants to lead a team that fans “can be proud of”.
He said: “I’m incredibly proud and excited to represent Chelsea FC, this fantastic football club.
“I am very excited to be working with Chelsea’s new ownership group and look forward to meeting and working with the exciting group of players and developing a team and a culture that our amazing fans can be proud of.
“I would also like to express my sincere thanks to Brighton & Hove Albion for giving me this opportunity and in particular to Tony Bloom and all the players, staff and supporters for their continued support throughout my time at the club.”
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