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Chelsea owners detail three key targets for new boss Graham Potter | Football

The Blues’ final league placement will not be of paramount importance (Picture: Getty)

New Chelsea boss Graham Potter has reportedly been handed three key goals by the club’s new owners to work towards this season.

The 47-year-old was brought in to replace Thomas Tuchel on Thursday afternoon after being handed a five-year deal worth £10million for each season.

Despite sitting sixth in the Premier League table and just three points behind fourth-placed Brighton, Chelsea had put in a number of worrying performances and have not conceded a goal since the opening day of the season.

According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea Potter owners have set two clear goals: the first is a top-four result and the second is a deep run in the Champions League.

Failing to do any of these things won’t cost Potter his job, however, as a third task is to improve performance and forge a new philosophy at the club.

If the Englishman shows significant progress on and off the pitch, he will be granted a second season – and a summer transfer window – to further develop his work.

Even if Chelsea should fail to qualify for the Champions League under Potter, Todd Boehly and the Clearlake Capital consortium are preparing for the long term with the new manager.

Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly

Boehly will give Potter plenty of time (Image: Getty)

They are unwilling to squash those plans just because they may not have to play at Europe’s top clubs for a season – a mindset miles from Roman Abramovich’s axe-loving regime.

There’s also a realization that Potter will take some time to imprint his style on the team, especially with so many signings to integrate, as well as an awareness of how competitive the top end of the Premier League is.

With this weekend’s Premier League fixtures postponed, the new manager will referee his first game in next Wednesday’s Champions League clash against RB Salzburg – which has become almost a mandatory fixture after losing to Dinamo Zagreb.

Speaking of his move to Chelsea, Potter 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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