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Graham Potter agrees to become Chelsea's new head coach following Thomas Tuchel's sacking | Football News

Chelsea have reached a verbal agreement with Brighton manager Graham Potter to replace Thomas Tuchel as their next head coach.

Tuchel was sacked on Wednesday after Chelsea lost 1-0 to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League, ending the new Premier League season after just six games.

Chelsea owner Todd Boley met with Potter in central London on Wednesday afternoon to discuss “positive discussions” about Brighton’s future role at Stamford Bridge and the club’s plans to develop its overall football operations. expressed.

These discussions continued early Thursday morning and focused on the legal details of his contract and Potter’s backroom staff.

No deal has been signed yet, but both sides have reached verbal agreement to take over the 47-year-old Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have revealed they are ready to meet Brighton’s Potter exit clause numbers.

Jobless Mauricio Pochettino and Zinedine Zidane and Sporting in Lisbon manager Ruben Amorim were also on Chelsea’s radar.

Potter will be the first manager of the Bailey era, following the summer acquisition. With a complete overhaul of Roman Abramovich’s trusted staff replacing director Marina Granovskaia, chairman Bruce Buck and technical and performance advisor Petr Čech, the American will continue to serve as sporting director. ing.

Carragher: I’m afraid of Potter

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Jamie Carragher says he is ‘afraid’ of Graham Potter and should be ‘very cautious’ if appointed Chelsea manager following Thomas Tuchel’s dismissal.

Sky Sports critic Jamie Carragher:

“It’s a very ruthless club, I don’t know.” [Graham Potter] Chelsea are probably saying they want to do something else in the future, in terms of being a coach rather than a manager, or maybe they’re doing something else behind the scenes. But if I were Graham Potter, I would find it hard to believe they were trying to do something different.

“This is a big step up in his managerial career and Chelsea are still one of the top clubs. They are still world champions but Graham Potter will be in the same boat as all other Chelsea managers. Over the last 10 years, they will have another new manager in 12 months unless he shows results soon.”

Inside Tuchel’s final day at Chelsea

After a brief meeting at 9:30 am on Wednesday, Tuchel cleared his desk where he was dismissed and stayed at the training ground to say goodbye to the departing coaching staff.

The German manager, who joined the club in January 2021, wants to take a break before returning to football.

Tuchel is still held in high esteem by many at Chelsea for the trophies and leadership he has shown in very difficult circumstances. At Chelsea, the coronavirus pandemic and the end of Romain’s Abramovich era were a difficult scenario. The latter resulted in sanctions for the club, nonpayment of payments to employees and fear of the club going out of business.

Thomas Tuchel
Thomas Tuchel was dismissed at the 9:30 am meeting on Wednesday.

Tuchel also provided leadership during the acquisition, with many key figures such as Bruce Buck, Marina Granovskaya and Petr Cech announcing their retirements.

Clubs such as Manchester United and Barcelona showed interest in Tuchel last season, but he remained loyal to Chelsea.

Chelsea have spent a record £278m this summer, but there have been disagreements between co-owners and Tuchel over some goals and strategies.

For example, the owner was open to the idea of ​​signing Cristiano Ronaldo from United, but Tuchel didn’t want him.

Meanwhile, Chelsea co-owners Bailey and Behdad Egbari met Chelsea players and staff at Cobham on Wednesday afternoon.

They explained what happened to Tuchel and their vision for the future of the club. Bailey and Egbari also played in Zagreb on Tuesday.

Chelsea’s future plans

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September 14th: red bull salzburg (H) – 8pm Kick Off

September 18th: liverpool (H) – 4:30pm Kickoff

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October 1st: crystal palace (A) – 3pm Kickoff

October 5th: AC Milan (H) – 8pm Kick Off