Graham Potter To Be Announced As Next Chelsea Coach

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In the next 24 hours, Graham Potter will be named manager of Chelsea, ending his three-year tenure with Brighton.

After Thomas Tuchel was fired on Wednesday night, Potter, 47, spoke with Chelsea owner Todd Boehly and has verbally agreed to join the team.

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On Thursday morning, Potter attended Brighton’s practise facility but did not serve as the team’s coach.

Before their away match against Fulham on Saturday, Chelsea hopes to appoint a new manager.

The club, which is now sixth in the Premier League, has also spoken with Ruben Amorim, the head coach of Sporting Lisbon, and former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino about the open position.

Prior to the journey to Bournemouth on Saturday, Brighton is planned a news conference for Friday, but it is unclear who will address the media.

Potter, a former Ostersunds FK and Swansea manager, guided Brighton to their best-ever top-flight finish in ninth place last year.

Graham Potter was the technical director for the Black Queens at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. He was responsible for the technical and tactical training programme, match preparation and team selection. At the time, Potter was Hull University’s football development manager.

A former full-back in the Football League with Stoke, West Brom and York, Potter began his managerial career with Ostersunds FK in 2010, guiding them from the fourth tier of Swedish football to the first, winning the 2017 Swedish Cup and reaching the knockout stages of the Europa League.

He then took charge of Swansea City in June 2018, spending one season with the Championship side before joining Brighton following Chris Hughton’s dismissal.

Potter, who has been tipped as a future England boss, has led Brighton to fourth in the table this season after winning four, drawing one and losing one of their six Premier League games.