Graham Potter has been appointed by Chelsea as a result of the decision to fire the Blues’ leadership, led by Thomas Tuchel.
Todd Boehly is confident that they have selected the ideal candidate for the Stamford Bridge hot seat.
Graham Potter is thought to be the man who can lead Chelsea back to greatness.
Being hired by one of Europe’s top clubs is undoubtedly considered a risk from the outside, but Chelsea’s management is smitten with that characteristic in their new manager.
The 47-year-old Potter is regarded by Chelsea owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali as an overachiever, a leader, and a risk-taker who is willing to take risks for significant gain.
Having started off as a journeyman player for West Brom, Potter has fought his way up, taking Ostersunds of Sweden from obscurity to the Europa League before exceeding all expectations at Swansea and, in particular, Brighton.
Potter, who was born in Solihull, has a degree in a field other than football—a Masters in Emotional Intelligence—and was prepared to leave England and relocate to Sweden in order to advance his career.
It’s obvious that Potter’s reputation for playing stylish football, discovering talent, and shocking the establishment during his three years as Brighton’s manager has already attracted attention.
Potter, who guided Brighton to ninth place in the Premier League last year, was even considered a long-term contender to succeed Gareth Southgate as England manager.
Boehly and Eghbali were interested in other managers, including Mauricio Pochettino, a former Tottenham manager who was also available and has experience in the Premier League.
Chelsea did inquire about him, but when they were forced to make a change after Thomas Tuchel’s tenure, it was Potter who truly drew their attention.
They had to act quickly because the results were slipping away.
Tuesday’s loss against Dinamo Zagreb was not the turning point, but Tuchel was fired the following morning at the practice field.
On Wednesday afternoon at Cobham, Boehly and Eghbali spoke to the first team squad for approximately 15 minutes, as well as more privately with senior players.
They told the players that they had their backs and would take all necessary measures to ensure their success.
After working with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Borussia Dortmund, they wanted to reassure the players that they were making decisions for the long term and even suggested that Aubameyang was a “club signing” rather than Tuchel’s favorite player.
However, they also have complete faith in Potter’s communication skills and his capacity to command respect in the dressing room, even from those with the largest egos and names.
The new Chelsea manager, who arrived at the team’s training facility on Thursday afternoon at 2:00 p.m, will now be expected to turn their fortunes around following a difficult start to the season.
Some Chelsea supporters preferred Potter, but Tuchel will be a hard act to follow after he won the Champions League just weeks after taking over.
The Chelsea management, however, has every confidence that their new coach can usher in a new era at Stamford Bridge because of his youth, energy, and determination.