New Chelsea head coach Graham Potter has hailed the start of an ‘exciting’ era at the club under owner Todd Boehly. American businessman Boehly, who fronts the consortium which bought the club from Roman Abramovich this summer, spent over £250m on players in the transfer window and is searching for a technical director to work alongside Potter.
Chelsea announced the appointment of Potter as their new head coach on a five-year contract on Thursday after the Blues decided to sack Thomas Tuchel following the Champions League defeat to Dinamo Zagreb. It has been a poor start to the season for the west London club, who are sixth in the Premier League after their opening six games following embarrassing defeats to Leeds United and Southampton.
Potter, though, is excited what the future holds for his new side, telling Chelsea’s in-house medial channel:
‘It’s the start of a really exciting period, I think. ‘New ownership, who I was really, really excited with and impressed by, firstly as people and then their vision for the club and what they wanted to do. ‘Of course the history of the club speaks for itself but it’s about trying to create that again in our own way.’
Potter took charge of Brighton in 2019 having left Swansea – and led the Seagulls to a ninth-place finish last term – marking the best-ever top-flight finish in the club’s history, while this season they sit fourth after their first six games. The Englishman started his managerial career in Sweden with Ostersunds, guiding them from the fourth tier to the top flight for the first time ever, and also led them into the Europa League after winning the domestic Svenska Cupen.
He penned an open letter to Brighton fans on Sunday, explaining his decision to leave the south coast club for Stamford Bridge.
‘For some I recognise that the change that comes so suddenly in football can be hard to accept,’ he wrote on Brighton’s website . ‘I may not be able to persuade you all to forgive my departure – but I would at least like to take the chance to say thank you. ‘I will cherish the relationships I built in all aspects of the club. My players went above and beyond. My staff gave everything. At the heart of it were the Albion fans.’