Premier League managers have shared their take on new Chelsea boss Graham Potter following his move from Brighton.
Chelsea on Thursday announced the appointment of Potter as their new head coach on a five-year deal after the Blues decided to sack Thomas Tuchel.
Potter, 47, took charge of Brighton in 2019 – after leaving Swansea – and guided the Seagulls to ninth place last season, which was their best-ever top finish in club history, while this season they finished ninth fourth place occupied first six games.
The Englishman started his managerial career in Sweden with Östersunds, leading them from the fourth division to the top flight for the first time and also taking them to the Europa League after winning the Svenska Cupen.
Premier League bosses including Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers, Southampton’s Ralph Hasenhuttl and Brentford’s Thomas Frank have all praised Potter following his arrival at Stamford Bridge.
“I think it’s the next step for him to go to this club where there’s a different pressure,” Rodgers said.
“He has produced fantastic performances at Brighton, a club that has really grown and developed since joining the Premier League [is] really strategically well managed behind the scenes.
“He was then able to involve the players on the field and do a great job with them.
“So I think it’s the next step for him and if that succeeds it will be a fantastic step for him to go to a great club with so many good players.”
Hasenhüttl added: “I have to congratulate you [Chelsea] a very good choice, he’s the coach I’ve had the most impact on a club over the last two seasons.
“With all the limits they have and the transfers they gave away to other clubs, it shows how good this group was still playing at the highest level.
“I know Pascal Gross who plays there and we often talk about the development of this club. He’s doing a good job and has all the knowledge to join a top club.”
Frank, meanwhile, said: “I’m really happy for Graham that he’s been given the chance at a club like Chelsea.
“The easy choice would be to leave [Mauricio] Pochettino or [Zinedine] Zidane, no disrespect.
“Two great, great coaches of world football who are known for what they did.
“But I’m so pleased that a manager like Graham, who has gone a different way in many, many ways, has been recognized for a job well done and is now given the chance to compete at a club with Champions League football.”
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