Chelsea want to hold talks with Graham Potter from Brighton

BRIGHTON has given Chelsea permission to speak to Graham Potter about the vacant manager’s job at Stamford Bridge, the PA news agency understands.

The 47-year-old Seagulls boss has a hefty indemnity clause in his Amex Stadium deal, but Chelsea’s new owners are said to be relaxed about a takeover, reports PA.

Albion fans have already said ‘hands off our manager’ as he is very popular.

Chelsea’s new bosses sacked charismatic manager Tuchel on Wednesday morning, just hours after the Blues’ sobering 1-0 Champions League defeat at Dinamo Zagreb.

However, it was understood that owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali had already made the decision to detach Tuchel in Croatia ahead of this defeat.

Chelsea’s new bosses have been at the helm of Stamford Bridge for 100 days since their £4.25billion purchase of Roman Abramovich.

It’s understood the ambitious US owners felt they could not wait any longer to take action amid fears the Blues would continue to lose ground to Premier League powers Manchester City and Liverpool.

Chelsea’s new board is believed to have analyzed Tuchel’s 100 games as Blues boss and noted a worrying trend of 24 goals conceded in the first 50 games and 53 in the second 50.

It is understood the Chelsea owners failed to provide a replacement to complete the process by the book.

Boehly and Eghbali will now approach and interview a small number of candidates, including Brighton’s Potter boss under a narrow group of names.

Former Tottenham and Paris St Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino and former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane are also under consideration.

“Chelsea Football Club parted ways with head coach Thomas Tuchel today,” the Blues said in a statement.

“On behalf of everyone at Chelsea FC, the club would like to thank Thomas and his staff for all their efforts during their time at the club. Thomas will deservedly hold a place in Chelsea history, having won the Champions League, Super Cup and Club World Cup during his time here.

“As the new ownership group is 100 days since taking over the club and continues their hard work to move the club forward, the new owners believe it is the right time for this transition.

“Chelsea’s coaching staff will oversee the team in training and preparing for our upcoming games whilst the club swiftly appoints a new head coach.

“There will be no further comment pending the appointment of a new head coach.”

Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard as Chelsea boss in January 2021, immediately adding steel and focus to the Blues.

The likeable and well-respected German coach guided Chelsea to their second Champions League triumph just four months later with an impressive 1-0 win over Manchester City in Porto.

However, the Blues’ balance and threat slowly faded at the end of last season when Romelu Lukaku was disappointed for £98m and eventually returned on loan to Inter Milan for that tenure.

Tuchel guided Chelsea through the murky waters of British government sanctions amid the aftermath of the Russian war in Ukraine.

The 49-year-old kept Chelsea’s show going while Abramovich made a quick sale, with Los Angeles Dodgers part owner Boehly eventually winning a very public race.

Chelsea’s new owners appeared desperate to ensure that Tuchel’s tenure continues to be a success, but a core of growing problems left them feeling the only option was to make a change.

Boehly and Behdad are said to have felt that Tuchel had lost his way tactically and struggled to get the best out of the players, as was his early Chelsea trademark.

New chairman Boehly has acted as interim sporting director since taking over the helm of Chelsea and Tuchel was a major influence on the Blues’ transfer policy over the summer.

The Blues spent a record £273m on the squad overhaul but further work is expected to follow in January.

Chelsea have since slipped to three losses in seven games at the start of the new season, with Tuchel’s tactics inconsistent and his demeanor increasingly testy.

It was understood that Tuchel’s relationship with the Chelsea players had become increasingly strained, while communication with the Blues’ new owners had proved problematic in another turbulent summer. Chelsea want to hold talks with Graham Potter from Brighton

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