GRAHAM POTTER has arrived at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground to sign a deal which will see him become the club’s new manager. The 47-year-old returned to Brighton this morning to bid farewell to players and staff ahead of his huge move to Stamford Bridge.
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He is set to become the successor of Thomas Tuchel, who was sacked yesterday following the Blues’ shock 1-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League. Potter was the top managerial target for new Chelsea chief Todd Boehly, who is understood to be very impressed with the impact he’s had at Brighton.
The two had a formal meeting in West London yesterday where the former left-back verbally agreed to take over at Stamford Bridge. Potter is expected to sign a five-year deal with the Blues. He is also determined to bring three members of his Brighton backroom staff to Chelsea when he makes the transition.
Recruitment analyst Kyle Macaulay and assistant coaches Billy Reid and Bjorn Hamburg are expected to join him in his new venture. The trio have been with Potter throughout his career, which has included managerial stints with Ostersund and Swansea.
There is room at Stamford Bridge for the new boss to bring them in, with Tuchel’s assistants Zsolt Low and Arno Michels joining him in leaving the club. Analyst Beni Weber has also departed. Meanwhile Brighton legend Bruno, 41, is reportedly set to be named as interim manager at the Amex.