Graham Potter at Chelsea FC: ‘Team Builder’


London/Munich – Just a day after sacking Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea have found a new head coach.

Graham Potter arrives in London from league rivals Brighton & Hove Albion for a €17.3m transfer fee. It is said that he collects almost 14 million euros in salary every year.

So it’s clear that Potter is immediately in the spotlight and needs to deliver. We are probably talking about the Premier League and Champions League titles.

But who really is the new strong man on the Blues’ sidelines? ran introduces Graham Potter in more detail.

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Graham Stephen Potter is 47 years old and expensive. A transfer fee of around €17 million made him the second most expensive manager in football history, behind Bayern Munich’s Julian Nagelsmann.

A lot of money for a coach who has been active in smaller clubs until now. As a player, Potter played in the lower leagues of England. The trained left-back has made the most appearances for York City and Macclesfield Town. The former third division club disbanded in 2020. Potter played eight times for Southampton FC in the English Premier League.

Via Östersunds and Brighton to Chelsea

After his retirement in 2005, he retreated to the sidelines.

Initially serving as the technical director of the Ghana women’s national team, Potter joined the team in 2011. moved to Östersunds FK in Sweden’s fourth division. The Englishman coached the provincial club for a total of seven years – and coached it year after year. 2016-2017 after winning the Swedish Cup, FK qualified for the Europa League, and Potter was elected the best coach of the year in Sweden.

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In 2018, Potter said goodbye to Swansea City, the club having just been relegated from the Premier League to the Second Division. The club stabilized under Potter and finished in tenth place at the end of the season.

Potter has long harbored aspirations in the Premier League, and then in 2019. moved to Brighton and Hove Albion.

Graham Potter ready for the big stage?

The 47-year-old footballer dominated the “Seagulls” primarily due to his flexibility and ball control, sometimes against supposedly stronger opponents. Highlight: ninth place in the 2021/22 season.

Potter established his reputation as a master tactician and “team builder” who could lead his teams to positive results with relatively modest resources by playing good football.

So now a high-profile, multi-million dollar move to the great Chelsea. Those in charge under new owner Todd Boehly have been very impressed with Potter’s career.

Now he has to prove that – unlike in his previous career – he can do it at really big clubs. But he does not show any pressure, but takes on the task with great joy: I am extremely proud and happy to represent Chelsea FC, this fantastic football club. I am delighted to be working with Chelsea’s new ownership group and look forward to meeting and working with this exciting group of players and building a team and culture that our amazing fans can be proud of.

Tools are no longer small. The generation with titles in the most competitions is also much higher.

Massimo Fiore

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