Englishman Graham Potter was appointed Chelsea coach on Thursday to replace Thomas Tuchel, sacked the day before after a start to the season well below expectations.
Potter, who is 47, signed a five-year contract from Brighton, the London club said in a statement.
A graduate in social sciences and holder of a master’s degree in « leadership and emotional intelligence », Tuchel’s successor offers an atypical profile in the world of high-level football.
The management of Chelsea hail « his progressive football and his innovative training methods ».
After learning his skills in Sweden in the small club of Östersund, Potter joined Swansea then Brighton, which he carried last season to 9th place in the Premier League, a performance of choice for a club with the 15th budget. only from the elite of English football.
Brighton continued their momentum at the start of the season and are fourth in the league with four wins in six rounds, just two points behind leaders Arsenal and ahead of Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool.
“I am incredibly proud and enthusiastic to represent Chelsea FC, this fantastic football club,” he commented in a press release issued by the club.
He will make his debut on the Chelsea bench on Saturday against Fulham.
Chelsea’s new chairman, American Todd Boehly, who parted ways with Tuchel after just seven games, sees him as the perfect embodiment of his vision for the future at Stamford Bridge.
“We are delighted to bring Graham to Chelsea. He is a recognized coach and an innovator in the Premier League who matches our vision for the club,” he said.
“Not only is he extremely talented on the pitch, but he has skills and abilities that go beyond the pitch and will make Chelsea a more successful club. »