Chelsea to approach Brighton and seek permission to speak with Graham Potter
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Chelsea are set to make an approach to Brighton over hiring Graham Potter as their new manager.
It comes as the Blues made the decision to sack Thomas Tuchel a day after an embarrassing defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League. It was the lowest point of the German's reign at Stamford Bridge and has proved fatal.
And new owner Todd Boehly is wasting no time in trying to find a replacement and Brighton boss Potter has become the frontrunner to take over at the club. According to Sky Sports, Chelsea are readying a move for the English coach and will seek permission from the south-coast club to speak to the coach.
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Mauricio Pochettino is another name in the frame, who is currently out of a job following his dismissal from Paris Saint-Germain last season. But Potter is now the favourite to take charge after a brilliant start to the season for Brighton.
The Seagulls have already downed Manchester United, as well as netting five past Leicester at the weekend. The Seagulls currently sit fourth in the Premier League and have won plaudits for their expansive style of play.
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It is the kind of football that Boehly would like to see at Stamford Bridge having spent over £250million since taking over from Roman Abramovich earlier this year. However, this would represent a massive change for Potter – whose previous jobs include a short stint at Swansea and seven years in Sweden with Ostersunds.
Whether the Brighton boss would entertain an offer from Chelsea remains to be seen having already turned down the chance to manage Tottenham in the past. Bu after three years at the Amex Stadium, there could be a sense that Potter wants to try his hand elsewhere.
The Blues have had a stuttered start to the Premier League season after losses to Leeds and Southampton, while a controversial win over West Ham did little to paper over the cracks.
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- Mauricio Pochettino
- Thomas Tuchel
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