Graham Potter reaches ‘verbal agreement’ to take charge at Chelsea

Graham Potter is set to be named Chelsea’s new manager as multiple reports suggest he has reached a ‘verbal agreement’ to take over at the Premier League giants.

Less than 24 hours after sacking Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea are moving quickly to land one of the best young managers in the game.

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According to a report from Sky Sports UK affiliates, Potter reached the deal verbally after a “positive” meeting with Chelsea chairman Todd Bohli in London on Wednesday.

The Athletic reports formalities are being settled and Potter should take charge for Chelsea at Fulham on Saturday (watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on USA Network and online via NBCSports.com).

Potter was seen arriving at Brighton training on Thursday before leaving with assistant manager Billy Reid two hours later and is believed to have said goodbye to the Brighton players and staff and did not train.

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Is Potter fit for Chelsea?

Graham Potter, 47, has done an impressive job at Brighton over the past three-and-a-half seasons and Chelsea are adamant he is the right man to promote him.

Chelsea’s new ownership group have moved quickly to make a managerial change just over 100 days into their tenure, but the timing of this change is surprising as they have just spent $300 million on new players and Tuchel has played a big part in these players arrive. the club.

In terms of tactics and game philosophy, Potter has excelled wherever he goes. From Östersunds in Sweden to Swansea City in the Championship and then Brighton in the Premier League, he has done wonders on a shoestring budget and, perhaps most importantly, his teams are great to watch.

His Brighton side regularly create huge numbers of chances and if Potter can help Chelsea do that, they have world-class strikers who could put away a greater proportion of those chances. In theory, this should work.

Right club at the right time for an impressive manager?

However, in practice this is a big step for Potter, who will be coaching in the UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time and the pressure to make an immediate impact will be huge.

He is capable of managing in the Premier League and was destined for the top six. But can he highlight his philosophy at Chelsea as a club with a squad full of huge characters and international superstars who may not be willing to change playing styles and positions? Will he focus solely on first team training? Or is he expected to implement a new playing philosophy and identity across the club?

We’ll know all those answers soon, but Potter is an impressive coach and manager and was always going to land at a top Premier League club.

Chelsea’s volatility in hiring and firing managers is well-known and Potter knows it is a case of results, but if he is given the team to develop this squad, his track record shows they will not only be good to watch but that they will exceed.

Graham Potter reaches ‘verbal agreement’ to take over at Chelsea originally appeared on NBCSports.com

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