Graham Potter brings five key figures to Chelsea including transfer specialist

Brighton have confirmed that five of their staff members have also departed the club to join Graham Potter at Chelsea.

The Blues confirmed the appointment of Potter as the new manager to succeed Thomas Tuchel on Thursday on a five-year contract.

Chelsea co-owner and chairman Todd Boehly described the 47-year-old as a manager who “fits” the new ownership group’s vision for the club.

However, the west London club have not only brought in Potter’s brilliance, but also the team behind his impressive work at Brighton.

In an official statement, Brighton confirmed that Potter’s assistant, Billy Reid, first-team coaches; Bjorn Hamberg and Bruno, goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts and assistant head of recruitment Kyle Macaulay, have also left the club.

This is an ambitious but necessary move from Chelsea, who themselves have lost Tuchel’s coaching staff; Zsolt Low, Arno Michels, and Benjamin Weber.

Anthony Barry, who led the first-team training sessions on Wednesday, was the only remaining assistant coach in the first-team setup.

Chelsea would have had to hire new coaches anyway, and bringing in the people whom their new manager trusts is obviously a sensible decision.

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Interestingly, according to BBC Sport’s Simon Stone, Chelsea had to pay compensation of over £21million to Brighton, although a large chuck of it was Potter’s reported £16m exit clause.

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