Chelsea have confirmed Graham Potter as their new manager following Thomas Tuchel’s sacking.
Potter, 47, leaves Brighton to sign a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge after the Seagulls gave Chelsea permission to hold talks with their manager.
Former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, who is currently without a club, has also been considered for a role.
Potter will referee his first game as Blues boss in Saturday’s west London derby against Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Potter began building his stellar reputation away from English football with Östersund, who played in the fourth tier of Swedish football, when he took over as head coach in 2011.
In the space of six years he has guided the club to the top flight and the Europa League, where they won a famous scalp against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in 2018.
After a season in the league with Swansea, Potter joined Brighton in 2019 where he oversaw an impressive transformation of the club, completely transforming their style of play with his brand of attacking and tactically flexible football, earning him many admirers.
Potter has led Brighton to 15th16th and ninth in his three seasons in charge, with the Seagulls currently fourth in the Premier League and having won four of their first six games.
Brighton are expected to receive around £16million in compensation from the deal that will take Potter to west London.
“I’m incredibly proud and excited to represent Chelsea FC, this amazing football club,” said Potter.
“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.”
Todd Boehly, Chelsea chairman, said: “We are delighted to bring Graham to Chelsea. He is a proven coach and innovator in the Premier League that fits our vision for the club.
Not only is he extremely talented on the pitch, he also has skills and abilities that go beyond the pitch and will make Chelsea an even more successful club. He was a big influence at his previous clubs and we look forward to his positive influence at Chelsea. We look forward to supporting him, his coaching staff and the squad to reach their full potential in the months and years to come.”
Tuchel leaves Stamford Bridge after 20 months in charge after winning the Champions League in his first five months at the club.
The German was sacked by Chelsea on Wednesday morning after a dismal loss to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League group stage opener the night before.
His sacking comes after losing the trust of the Chelsea squad and new ownership by American businessman Todd Boehly, whose consortium acquired the club in May.
The Blues have had a disappointing start to the season despite spending more than £270m on signings this summer.
While Chelsea are just five points off the top, they have won just three of their first six games and suffered losses to Leeds United and Southampton.
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