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Who is Chelsea’s new “Project” Potter?

Graham Potter took over Chelsea on Thursday, succeeding German Thomas Tuchel, but who is the young English coach who will lead the Blues “project” in the coming years?

Potter does not have a large biography in the world of coaching, his most prominent achievements are winning 3 Swedish titles, including two titles in the first and second divisions, knowing that Brighton is his only experience in the English Premier League “Premier League”.

Chelsea officially announced the appointment of Potter as Brighton coach, on a 5-year contract, succeeding Tuchel, who was sacked on Wednesday.

“We are pleased to announce the appointment of Potter, on a 5-year contract,” Chelsea said in a statement posted on their official website today.

And Chelsea revealed in his statement that Potter will coach the team “immediately”, which means that he may lead the team in the first match on Saturday against Fulham in the seventh round of the English Premier League “Premier League”.

Press reports indicated that Zinedine Zidane and Mauricio Pochettino were among the candidates to coach Chelsea, but the club’s management eventually settled on Potter, who was the most likely candidate.

Chelsea announced yesterday the dismissal of Tuchel from his position, following the sudden loss of its host, Dinamo Zagreb, on Tuesday in the opening round of the group stage of the Champions League.

According to British press reports, Chelsea paid 16 million pounds, equivalent to 18.4 million euros, to Brighton for Potter’s services, becoming the second most expensive coach in the world after Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann.

Graham Stephen Potter was born on May 20, 1975, in the English city of Solihull, and his preferred method of playing is 3-4-2-1.

Poor career as a player

Potter was not a great player, as he was a “left-handed” player, playing at left-back, and represented several English clubs, but never played for a major team.

Potter played for several clubs from 1992 to 2005, most notably Birmingham City, Stoke City, Southampton and West Bromwich Albion.

Potter played only 8 matches in the English Premier League, “Premier League”, which was in the shirt of Southampton in the 1996-1997 season, during which he did not score or assist any goal.

Potter played only one match for the England youth team, but he never represented the first team.

3 Swedish surnames

Potter began his coaching career in January 2011, led by the Swedish Östersund, and continued with him for 7 years, until June 2018.

Potter won 3 local titles with Östersund, the second division in 2011 and the first division in 2012, which led him to qualify for the Swedish Premier League, and he also won the Swedish Cup in 2017, which is his most prominent training titles ever, and he also played with the team in the championship The following season, the European League, he was expelled from Arsenal.

With Östersund, Potter won the Swedish Coach of the Year award twice, in 2016 and 2017.

Back to England

Potter has returned to England but this time from the coach’s bench, where he led Swansea City in the First Division for one season, from July 2018, until May 2019.

Potter was unable to lead Swansea City to qualify for the Premier League, as he finished the season in tenth place.

The most prominent experience

In May 2019, Potter took charge of Brighton, the most prominent experience of his coaching career that led him to participate in the English Premier League “Premier League”.

Brighton played 134 games in all competitions under the leadership of Potter, who managed to win 43 matches, drew in the same, and lost in 48 matches.

Potter led Brighton in 3 seasons in the English Premier League, and achieved the team’s goal to remain among the greats in the three seasons.

In his first season 2019-2020, Potter led Brighton to occupy 15th place in the Premier League table, with 41 points, 7 points behind the relegation centers.

In the 2020-2021 season, Brighton scored the same number of points, but in 16th place, 13 points behind the relegation centers.

Last season was the most successful for Potter with Brighton, as he finished the English Premier League in ninth place with 51 points, only 5 points behind the places eligible for European participation.

This season, Brighton played under Potter’s first 6 rounds, and the team ranked fourth with 13 points, from 4 wins, a draw and a defeat.


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