Later News Sep 09

Chelsea turn to Potter magic to save season


Todd Boehly has made his first managerial appointment (of many to come?) since becoming owner of Chelsea, with the American businessman choosing Graham Potter as his new manager.

 

Potter, 47, will replace the recently-fired Thomas Tuchel, who reportedly fell out with Boehly over their summer transfer business, in which Chelsea spent over £270m (S$437m) on new signings.

 

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One point of contention between Boehly and Tuchel was reportedly over the former’s desire to bring Cristiano Ronaldo to Stamford Bridge. Tuchel, however, was adamant that the addition of an active ageing ambassador to his frontline would not actually bring any tangible benefits, apart from perhaps inspiring the aged community in London to don their power walking shoes a little more often.

 

Reports also suggested that Boehly tried suggesting to Tuchel to use a 4-4-3 formation. Though it sounds nonsensical, it makes sense when you consider that Manchester United have been using this formation for many years now, especially during the period when Howard Webb was still actively refereeing.

 

Nonetheless, all of that is behind Chelsea and Boehly now, as the Tuchel era is over, while the Potter one is only just beginning.

 

“We are thrilled to bring Graham to Chelsea” said Boehly, who reportedly shelled out £21.5m to Brighton & Hove Albion for Potter and his backroom staff. “He is a proven coach and an innovator in the Premier League who fits our vision for the club. Not only is he extremely talented on the pitch, he has skills and capabilities that extend beyond the pitch which will make Chelsea a more successful club.

 

“He has had a major impact at his previous clubs and we look forward to his positive impact at Chelsea. We look forward to supporting him, his coaching team and the squad in realising their full potential in the coming months and years.”

 

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Potter, who noticeably was appointed as ‘Head Coach’ rather than ‘Manager’, said he hopes to help the Blues develop into a team that they can be proud of.

 

“I am incredibly proud and excited to represent Chelsea, this fantastic football club,” said Potter. “I am very excited to partner with Chelsea's new ownership group and look forward to meeting and working with the exciting group of players and to develop a team and culture that our amazing fans can be proud of.

 

“I would also like to place my sincere thanks to Brighton & Hove Albion for allowing me this opportunity and in particular Tony Bloom and all the players, staff and supporters for their continued support during my time at the club.”

 

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