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Chelsea to complete of new backroom structure with Director of Football hire after Graham Potter confirmation

The Blues moved quickly to secure Potter from Brighton while making him one of the most expensive managers in history, and now look to give him backroom support moving forward


Premier League title chasers Chelsea shock the top flight of English football this week after confirming the sacking of former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain tactician Thomas Tuchel.

The 49-year-old manager, who won the Champions League with the Blues two seasons ago, was relieved of his duties at Stamford Bridge after Chelsea succumbed to a 1-0 away loss against Croatian giants Dinamo Zagreb in their midweek on the back of frustrating domestic form that saw them secure just two wins in their last five league fixtures.

Chelsea then moved quickly to prize Graham Potter away from the south coast and sacrifice his credible work at Brighton to make a massive jump in his managerial career and take on the challenges at Stamford Bridge.

But with the increased responsibility that comes with taking the reins in west London, Potter will now have the task of building a squad capable of challenging for major honors and with funds that put Brighton’s typical budget to shame. With that in mind, Chelsea will now prioritize securing a new director of football in time for the January window.

New Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehley was spearheading the club’s summer transfer spending spree that saw the Blues spend a massive £243m on deals for Wesley Fofana, Marc Cucurella, Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Carney Chukwuemeka, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Gabriel Slonina, and Denis Zakaria, but it is clear that the American will take a backseat in terms of squad building moving forward.

As for Potter, his role at Brighton was drastically different when it comes to the club’s spending power and regarding the profile of players that was recruited at the Amex Community Stadium.

It is unclear who the club will move for to fill the role once occupied Marina Granovskaia despite talks ongoing as the club survey the landscape regarding who will succeed the Russian business executive, but whomever it may be, Boehly will have to guarantee a strong working relationship with all involved if the rumored breakdown with Tuchel is not to be repeated.


Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.



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