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Chelsea: Graham Potter ‘really impressed’ after talks with new owners | Football

Chelsea have appointed Graham Potter as their head coach on a five-year deal (Picture: Getty)

New Chelsea head coach Graham Potter has welcomed the start of an “exciting” era at the club under owner Todd Boehly.

American businessman Boehly, who heads the consortium that bought the club from Roman Abramovich this summer, has spent over £250m on players in the transfer window and is looking for a technical director to work with Potter.

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 following the Champions League defeat by Dinamo Zagreb.

It’s been a poor start to the season for the west London club, who are sixth in the Premier League after six games after embarrassing defeats by Leeds United and Southampton.

However, Potter is excited about what the future holds for his new side, telling Chelsea’s internal media channel: “I think it’s the start of a really exciting time.

“New owners who I was really, really excited and impressed with, first as people and then as their vision for the club and what they wanted to do.

“Of course the history of the club speaks for itself, but it’s about recreating that in our own way.”

Potter 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 they finished this season after their first six games be in fourth place.

The Englishman started his managerial career in Sweden with Östersunds, where he took them from the fourth tier to the top flight for the first time ever and also took them to the Europa League after winning the domestic Svenska Cupen.

He wrote an open letter to Brighton fans on Sunday, explaining his decision to leave the south coast club for Stamford Bridge.

“For some, I acknowledge that the change that is coming so suddenly in football can be difficult to accept,” he wrote on Brighton’s website.

“I may not be able to persuade you all to forgive me for my departure – but I would at least like to take the opportunity to say thank you.

“I will appreciate the relationships I’ve built in all aspects of the club. My players have done everything. My employees gave their all. The focus was on the Albion fans.”

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