Chelsea new manager LIVE: Graham Potter holds talks after Thomas Tuchel sacking

Chelsea fans react to the sacking of Thomas Tuchel outside Stamford Bridge

Chelsea have been a club that has faced constant changes in recent months, with the new group of owners led by Todd Boehly deciding to step up their revolution with the sacking of head coach Thomas Tuchel.

The Germany boss was sacked after a Champions League defeat by Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday night, with the aim of now using a new man ahead of the weekend’s Premier League game against Fulham. To that end, the Blues have held talks with Graham Potter, current Brighton and Hove Albion boss, although it would be a costly deal to land him with compensation likely to be £16million if they appoint him.

Chelsea’s move is all the more surprising at this stage of the season given that Tuchel has played a prominent role in picking transfer targets this summer. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was signed just a week ago, along with other high-profile signings including Kalidou Koulibaly, Wesley Fofana and Raheem Sterling.

Follow live updates and reactions to Chelsea’s new manager search below:

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Chelsea are also in talks with Ruben Amorim

Here’s a new name in the picture – Sky Sports reports that talks have also been held with Ruben Amorim. The 37-year-old joined Sporting CP in 2020 after impressing at Braga.

“Todd Boehly and Chelsea are doing due diligence…they approached the job with other options and discussed the job with the young Portuguese manager at Sporting in Lisbon, Ruben Amorim.

“Boehly spoke to him directly and he’s on Chelsea’s radar. They are very impressed with his work.”

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Zidane the ‘best’ choice for Chelsea manager

The world of experts can sometimes offer pearls of wisdom and sometimes, well, it can provide opinions that can be described in other ways.

Paul Merson chooses Ex-Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane who you can decide which side of the fence he falls on.

“For me, Zinedine Zidane is the only one who ticks the box. He is a legend. Nobody questions him. He was one of the best players in the world and managed Real Madrid. He managed top-notch players. He’s not a manager who wants to be there for five years and build a project, he just wants it now. He will not build a team. He wants a team that’s already full of superstars. People will listen to him.”

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ESPN and BT football journalist Julien Laurens says the deal is complete and Potter will make the move.

But as he points out, that’s just the beginning: how will the new boss bring on board this group of players, bigger names than he’s used to, who have won countless trophies and demanded massive transfer fees?

It will be very different from what Potter is used to.

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Which other managers are potential Tuchel substitutes?

They have a feeling it’s certainly Graham Potter who loses now as the Brighton boss appears to have free reign at the hotseat at Stamford Bridge.

But that doesn’t guarantee he’ll take it – he’s turned down the chance to move before and is no doubt excited enough to seek some reassurances about his role, who he’ll be working with and future recruits.

So who else are the options to take on if Potter isn’t trading the south coast for west London?

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Thomas Tuchel’s departure is a self-inflicted wound following Chelsea’s scattergun spending

Jurgen Klopp has bid farewell to five Chelsea managers, as well as the odd caretaker, during his time at Liverpool, but there were only four as he researched Thomas Tuchel’s legacy. “This Chelsea squad is a gift and I’m pretty sure Thomas sees it that way,” he said in January 2021.

A few weeks later, Chelsea won at Anfield; three months later they won the Champions League. Klopp might have excelled as an analyst, but Tuchel has proven himself an alchemist, beating a group who were ninth when Frank Lampard was released to continental glory.

Now Tuchel has been released. He reached with great speed, but his reign dissipated just as quickly. His successor may regard the cadre bequeathed to him as a gift; for Tuchel it looked like an expensive mess. Tuchel thrived with other managers’ players and failed with his own, albeit in a small sample size. Chelsea spent around £260m to deteriorate this summer; probably to get into a crisis within seven games.

Wesley Fofana played two games for Tuchel, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang one on their reunion, Denis Zakaria and Carney Chukwuemeka none after their arrival. Raheem Sterling took seven, though, thought he spent some of the latter in central midfield. Maybe Tuchel’s recruits would have found roles over time and his purchase would have spawned a team that was definitely his own, but it looked like a scattergun issue that brought self-inflicted wounds. Tuchel was fatally injured.

Rich Jolly takes a look at how and why it came to a bang for Tuchel:

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Chelsea and Graham Potter talk about the manager’s job

Chelsea are in talks with Graham Potter over the Brighton and Hove Albion head coach replacing Thomas Tuchel, who was sacked on Wednesday.

The 47-year-old is of course open to discussion and has a release clause in his contract. This clause also applies to each year of his contract, but it contains some variables and is not as simple as a pure fee.

Because of this, the likely fee would be £16million if a deal were struck.

Brighton have given Potter permission to speak to Chelsea as that is the way they do business and do not try to get in the way of the talks taking place.

Miguel Delaney’s update on the quest:

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/chelsea-manager-news-graham-potter-thomas-tuchel-b2162479.html Chelsea new manager LIVE: Graham Potter holds talks after Thomas Tuchel sacking

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