Graham Potter led his first training session as Chelsea FC manager on Friday, despite the Premier League’s postponements over the weekend.
Chelsea, who were due to visit Fulham on Saturday before football matches at all levels across Britain were postponed out of respect for Her Majesty The Queen, are currently preparing as usual for Wednesday’s Champions League clash against RB Salzburg at Stamford Bridge.
Potter was confirmed on Thursday as Chelsea’s first appointment as manager under new owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali.
The 47-year-old spent Thursday afternoon at Chelsea’s Cobham training base meeting with club staff.
Joint-controlling owners Boehly and Eghbali, along with Potter, addressed Chelsea staff on Thursday as the Blues’ new era took another big step forward.
Potter faced his Chelsea side for the first time on Friday morning before getting down to work on the training pitch.
Chelsea chairman Boehly views Potter in a similar way to Andrew Friedman, the baseball boss his LA Dodgers poached to run the California franchise.
Boehly and his Dodgers owners found Friedman effective in learning all the tricks of the entrepreneurial trade during his over-achieving time with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Boehly and Eghbali believe Potter has developed the same kind of innovative spirit in maximizing resources at Brighton and believe the additional weapons in Chelsea’s arsenal could see him make a significant impact at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea’s new owners are already immersed in their long-term project to transform every aspect of the west London club.
Thomas Tuchel was fired on Wednesday as a result of the new Blues bosses’ 100-day review of their embryonic ownership.
The Chelsea board felt that Tuchel’s tenure had been wasted after the stunning start that saw the German manager lead the Blues to the Champions League title in just 124 days at the helm of Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea opened their Champions League account on Tuesday night with a sobering 1-0 defeat at Dinamo Zagreb but the decision to remove Tuchel was practically already made.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/graham-potter-champions-league-todd-boehly-rb-salzburg-stamford-bridge-b2163826.html Graham Potter attends Chelsea training despite Premier League postponement