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EPL: Graham Potter sacked by Chelsea after Aston Villa loss as Todd Boehly ends troubled reign



EPL: Graham Potter sacked by Chelsea after Aston Villa loss as Todd Boehly ends troubled reign

Graham Potter has been sacked by Chelsea following a turbulent spell in charge at Stamford Bridge

Graham Potter, former manager of Chelsea looks on prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea FC at Selhurst Park on October 01, 2022
Graham Potter sacked as Todd Boehly ends rein despite huge compensation fee
Graham Potter has been sacked as Chelsea head coach following a largely unimpressive reign. The decision comes after the Blues were beaten 2-0 by Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday, April 1

The 47-year-old swapped the Amex Stadium for Stamford Bridge in September to replace Thomas Tuchel, with five of his Brighton and Hove Albion colleagues going on to join him at the Cobham training ground.

Potter, who signed a five-year deal at the club, enjoyed a promising start to life at Chelsea by going nine games unbeaten.

Then, after he lost 4-1 to his former side, the Englishman would guide the Blues to just two wins in nine games. Potter was quickly under immense pressure to transform the clubs fortunes but, with his back against the wall, he struggled to turn things around.

A statement from the club reads: “Chelsea FC has announced that Graham Potter has departed the club. Graham has agreed to collaborate with the Club to facilitate a smooth transition. In his time with the club, Graham has taken us to the quarter final of the Champions League, where we will face Real Madrid. Chelsea would like to thank Graham for all his efforts and contribution and wish him well for the future.”

Co-controlling owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali said: ‘On behalf of everyone at the club, we want to thank Graham sincerely for his contribution to Chelsea. We have the highest degree of respect for Graham as a coach and as a person. He has always conducted himself with professionalism and integrity and we are all disappointed in this outcome.

‘Along with our incredible fans, we will all be getting behind Bruno and the team as we focus on the rest of the season. We have 10 Premier League games remaining and a Champions League quarter final ahead. We will put every effort and commitment into every one of those games so that we can end the season on a high.’

Unfortunately, the news about Potter does not come as a surprise to Chelsea supporters, who have cast doubt of his future for some time now.

The likes of Julian Nagelsmann and Luis Enrique have emerged as early favourites to be appointed as next permanent Blues head coach but, as it stands, it remains to be seen when replaces the Englishman.

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