Chelsea full talks with Brighton’s Graham Potter and eye ex-Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino to replace Thomas Tuchel… with Todd Boehly lining up a number of potential candidates
Graham Potter has emerged as the frontrunner to become the new Chelsea manager after the sensational sacking of Thomas Tuchel.
Chelsea are set to approach Brighton for talks on luring Potter, 47, to Stamford Bridge to replace Tuchel, who was axed by the club on Wednesday.
The Blues are also eyeing discussions with Mauricio Pochettino, who was sacked by Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last season.
Potter has caught the eye of Chelsea owner Todd Boehly after impressing during his three years on the south coast with Brighton.
His style of play has won him admirers throughout the game, while he has overseen Brighton’s superb start to the new season as they sit fourth in the Premier League after six matches.
Potter is under contract at Brighton until 2025, meaning any deal could see Chelsea fork out a considerable fee in compensation.
Graham Potter is the frontrunner to become the new manager of Chelsea after the sacking of Thomas Tuchel
Former PSG and Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is also being considered by club chiefs
Former Spurs boss Pochettino is currently out of work after being sacked by PSG in July – despite winning the Ligue 1 title.
The Argentine coach, 50, joined the French giants 14 months after losing his job as head coach of Tottenham. Pochettino guided the club to the Champions League final in 2018 and a second-place finish in the Premier League.
Chelsea are also thought to be interested in speaking to Zinedine Zidane, who is seeking his first managerial role since leaving Real Madrid in May 2021.
Tuchel on Wednesday was brutally sacked just seven games into the new campaign and 100 days into Boehly’s reign.
Chelsea owner Todd Boehly (right) sensationally sacked Thomas Tuchel on Wednesday
Tuchel cut a disconsolate figure as Chelsea were beaten 1-0 by Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday
Chelsea are sixth in the Premier League and have made a miserable start to their Champions League campaign, with Tuchel disposing of hours after their humbling 1-0 loss to Dinamo Zagreb, his 100th match in charge.
The club said they would move ‘swiftly’ to appoint a new manager and Tuchel’s coaching staff will continue to take charge of the team in the interim.
‘On behalf of everyone at Chelsea FC, the club would like to place on record its gratitude to Thomas and his staff for all their efforts during their time with the club,’ Chelsea said in their statement on Tuchel’s sacking.
‘Thomas will rightly have a place in Chelsea’s history after winning the Champions League, the Super Cup and the Club World Cup in his time here.
‘As the new ownership group reaches 100 days since taking over the club, and as it continues its hard work to take the club forward, the new owners believe it is the right time to make this transition.’
The sacking of Tuchel has caught some by surprise given that he publicly claimed that negotiations were ongoing for a contract extension just last month.
‘There are talks,’ he said.
‘But I think given the situation where we come from, and where we are in the middle of the transfer period, I think it is the very best if I focus on my team and on sports and on being competitive.
‘My people talk to the owners and take care of everything else. You know how glad I am to be here and how much I like it. So it’s a good thing.’
The new manager at Stamford Bridge will inherit a squad that has been bolstered to the tune of more than £260million in the summer, a record spend in one window for a Premier League club at more than £260million.