'Innovator': Chelsea owner Boehly explains reasons behind Graham Potter appointment

Chelsea co-owner and chairman Todd Boehly has had his say on Blues new manager Graham Potter, whom he described as an “innovator”.

Potter, who has attracted a lot of plaudits thanks to his impressive work at Brighton in the last couple of years, has officially been appointed to succeed Thomas Tuchel on Thursday.

The 47-year-old has signed a five-year deal, which is relatively long for a Chelsea manager, and it suggests that the ownership group trusts him to build a long-term project at Stamford Bridge.

Boehly highlighted that the former Ostersund boss’ skills outside the pitch played as important a role as his track record as a coach in his appointment.

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“He is a proven coach and an innovator in the Premier League who fits our vision for the club,” the club chairman said about Potter in an official statement.

“Not only is he extremely talented on the pitch, he has skills and capabilities that extend beyond the pitch which will make Chelsea a more successful club.

“He has had a major impact at his previous clubs, and we look forward to his positive impact at Chelsea.

“We look forward to supporting him, his coaching team, and the squad in realising their full potential in the coming months and years.”

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Potter’s Chelsea era begins

Chelsea also confirm that Potter will take charge of the team immediately, which will give him several days of preparation ahead of Saturday’s derby against Fulham.

Speaking about his new role in west London, Potter said: “I am very excited to partner with Chelsea’s new ownership group and look forward to meeting and working with the exciting group of players and to develop a team and culture that our amazing fans can be proud of.”

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