Chelsea have handed new manager Graham Potter a contract worth £ 60 million and want him to help select the club’s next sporting director.
Potter has signed a five-year contract worth £ 12 million a year, which is one of the longest in Chelsea’s history and means he will earn £ 60 million if it lasts for the full duration of his contract.
Chelsea paid £ 15m to release Potter from his Brighton contract, underlining the trust the new owners have placed in the 47-year-old who has brought five staff members with them to Stamford Bridge.
Work has already begun to find a permanent “world class” sports director, but senior sources have confirmed that Potter will help select the successful candidate with the club who talks to people with Premier League experience and others who have worked on the continent. .
Chelsea want the sporting director to be in his post before the Premier League break for the World Cup in November to give him plenty of time to prepare for the transfer window in January.
Co-controlling owner Todd Boehly made himself interim sports director over the summer, but he plans to step back and, along with Behdad Eghbali, support full-time sports director and Potter in the next window.
Chelsea’s future transfer business will also be aided by recruiting specialist Kyle Macaulay, who has followed Potter from Brighton alongside assistant Billy Reid, coaches Bjorn Hamberg and Bruno and goalkeeper coach Ben Roberts.
Potter, who was born in Solihull, agreed to succeed Thomas Tuchel on Thursday, just over 24 hours after the German was fired and after holding talks with Chelsea owners on Wednesday afternoon.
Chelsea owners have also spoken to former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino, but have decided that Potter, who will have his first training session on Friday, is an “innovator” and a leader on the rise.
It is understood that Boehly and Eghbali were impressed that Potter is a “risky”, having started his coaching career in Sweden with Ostersunds, before heading to Swansea City and then Brighton, and were drawn to the fact that has a Masters in Emotional Intelligence.
Confirming Potter’s appointment, Boehly said: “We are thrilled to bring Graham to Chelsea. He is a proven manager and innovator in the Premier League who fits our club vision. He is not only extremely talented on the pitch, but he has skills and abilities that extend beyond the pitch which will make Chelsea a more successful club. He has made a big impact at previous clubs and we look forward to his positive impact at Chelsea. We look forward to supporting him, his team of coaches and the team in realizing their full potential in the coming months and years. “
When he took over from Chelsea, Potter said: “I am incredibly proud and excited to represent Chelsea FC, this fantastic football team. I am very excited to partner with the new Chelsea owned group and look forward to meeting and working with the exciting group of players and to develop a team and culture that our fantastic fans can be proud of.
“I would also like to express my sincere thanks to Brighton & Hove Albion for granting me this opportunity and in particular to Tony Bloom and all the players, staff and fans for their continued support during my time at the club.”
Eghbali added: “Graham is a football innovator, a winner on the pitch and a leader off the pitch. He deeply impressed us with his ideas of him and his approach to football. We are thrilled to partner with Graham to build a winning team that embodies the culture of collaboration, innovation, teamwork, player development and a commitment to excellence on and off the pitch. We are fortunate to have Graham and his team as our partners on this journey ”.