Potter ‘travelling to Chelsea meeting with Boehly’ after Tuchel axed

Thomas Tuchel sacked by Chelsea

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Chelsea managerial favourite Graham Potter is travelling to London for a meeting with Blues co-owner Todd Boehly, according to reports. Potter is strongly backed to replace the sacked Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge. 

The Brighton boss has long been linked with a top Premier League job having enjoyed plenty of success with the Seagulls. Boehly apparently considers the 47-year-old to be the successor to Tuchel, who was dismissed on Wednesday morning. 

Chelsea sought permission from Brighton to speak to Potter almost immediately after news of Tuchel’s exit emerged. It now seems that Brighton have allowed their head coach to have those talks with the West Londoners. 

Potter is now expected to meet with Boehly and other members of Chelsea’s hierarchy this afternoon. The Blues are hoping for a swift appointment of their next boss.

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That is according to Sky Sports, who claim that Chelsea have notified Brighton that they are willing to match Potter’s release clause. That is understood to be around £16million. 

If he chooses to make the move, Potter would be leaving a Brighton side who have enjoyed an excellent start to the season. The South Coast outfit are fourth in the Premier League after six matches. 

Chelsea, meanwhile, are in turbulence following their takeover in May and a summer of overhaul. There were eight new signings at Stamford Bridge, along with many changes to the club’s hierarchy.

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Tuchel was dismissed following a dismal 1-0 Champions League defeat by Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday evening. The German was highly critical of his players and in his assessment of the club’s situation. 

A club statement on Wednesday read: “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. Thomas will rightly have a place in Chelsea’s history after winning the Champions League, the Super Cup and 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. Chelsea’s coaching staff will take charge of the team for training and the preparation of our upcoming matches as the club moves swiftly to appoint a new head coach.”

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