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Graham Potter agrees ‘long-term deal’ to take over as head coach at Chelsea
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Chelsea FC have an agreement in place with Brighton manager Graham Potter to replace Thomas Tuchel as their next head coach.

Tuchel was sacked on Wednesday in the wake of a 1-0 loss that Chelsea suffered at the hands of Dinamo Zagreb in their first UEFA Champions League game of the season. Tuchel faced the axe just 6 games into the new season. Chelsea owner Todd Boehly met Graham Potter in central London on Wednesday afternoon for what was described as "positive talks" about the Brighton manager's future role at Stamford Bridge and the club's plans to develop the whole football operation. The discussions continued early into Monday morning with much focus on the legal details of his contract and Potter's backroom staff.

Both sides have already reached a verbal agreement, however, no contracts have already been signed yet about the ​47-year-old taking over at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea made it clear they were prepared to meet Brighton's exit clause figure for Graham Potter. Also on Chelsea's radar were Mauricio Pochettino, and Zinedine Zidane, as well as Sporting in Lisbon manager Ruben Amorim. Graham Potter will become the first managerial appointment of the Boehly era following his takeover. The American is still acting as the sporting director having moved on director Marina Granovskaia, chairman Bruce Buck and technical and performance advisor Peter Cech in a complete overhaul of Roman Abramovich's trusted staff. 

Tuchel cleared his desk on Wednesday after the short meeting at 9.30 am where he was dismissed and stayed at the training ground with his departing coaching staff to say their goodbyes. The German manager, who joined the club in January 2021, wants to take a break before returning to football. He is still highly regarded by many people at Chelsea because of the trophies and the leadership he showed during extremely difficult circumstances. Tuchel also showed leadership during the takeover saga, while many key figures such as Bruce Buck, Marina Granovskaia, Petr Cech announced their departures.

Clubs such as Manchester United and Barcelona were interested in Tuchel last season but he was always loyal to Chelsea. There were differences of opinion between the co-owners and Tuchel on some targets and strategies. This is despite the fact that Chelsea spent a record £278m the just concluded transfer window. For example, the owners were open to the idea of signing Cristiano Ronaldo from United but he was not wanted by Tuchel. Chelsea co-owners Boehly and Behdad Eghbali met Chelsea players and staff on Wednesday afternoon at Cobham to explain what had happened with Tuchel and their vision for the future of the club.