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Five incomings: Graham Potter's backroom staff at Chelsea revealed after Brighton departure

Nick Emms

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Five incomings: Graham Potter's backroom staff at Chelsea revealed after Brighton departure

Brighton and Hove Albion have confirmed Graham Potter's backroom staff after he completed his move to Chelsea on a five-year deal.

The 47-year-old signed for the Stamford Bridge club, taking over from Thomas Tuchel after his dismissal on Wednesday morning.

Chelsea acted swiftly to bring in Potter, one of the brightest English managers in world football.

He joins on a deal valid until 2027 after meeting with Todd Boehly and the Chelsea owners on Wednesday afternoon.

Speaking after signing for the Blues, Potter revealed his excitement on becoming head coach in west London.

He said: "I am incredibly proud and excited to represent Chelsea FC, this fantastic football club.


"I am very excited to partner with Chelsea’s new ownership group and look forward to meeting and working with the exciting group of players and to develop a team and culture that our amazing fans can be proud of.

"I would also like to place my sincere thanks to Brighton & Hove Albion for allowing me this opportunity and in particular Tony Bloom and all the players, staff and supporters for their continued support during my time at the club."

With there speculation as to who would join with Potter, it was believed that Kyle Macaulay would move with Potter.

The pair were spotted arriving at Cobham together on Thursday, and now Brighton have confirmed his arrival.

Taking to Twitter, the Seagulls wrote: "Head coach Graham Potter is leaving the club after deciding to join Chelsea.

"Also departing are his assistant Billy Reid, first-team coaches Bjorn Hamberg and Bruno, goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts and assistant head of recruitment Kyle Macaulay."

Graham Potter managing at Stamford Bridge in the opposition dugout. (Alamy)
Graham Potter managing at Stamford Bridge in the opposition dugout. (Alamy)

Bruno is a surprising name, with the Brighton legend thought to be in line for the head coach role on an interim basis once Potter departed, however he now joins Chelsea.

Speaking to Brighton's website, chairman Tony Bloom thanked the staff for their service: “I am very disappointed that Graham will be leaving us. He has done exceptionally well over the past three-and-a-bit seasons, he is an exceptional head coach and an exceptional person. He will be hugely missed at our football club. 

"He leaves an excellent legacy for his successor with the club in its highest ever position, and on the back of leading us to our highest finish in the club’s history last season.

“I would like to thank Graham, Billy, Bjorn, Bruno, Ben and Kyle for their work here, and wish them all the very best for the future."


Technical director at Brighton David Weir added to this, stating “I would like to thank Graham and all his staff for everything they’ve done. They have been a pleasure to work with throughout my time at the club. Graham has done a superb job for us and I wish him well for the future."

Deputy chairman Paul Barber finalised by wishing luck to Potter and his backroom staff.

He concluded: “I am hugely disappointed to be losing our coaching team, particularly at this time, but I too would like to take this opportunity to thank Graham, Billy, Bjorn, Bruno, Ben and Kyle for their services and wish them well for the future. It has been a pleasure working with all of them.”

Potter will face Fulham as his first match in charge of Chelsea at Craven Cottage on Saturday.



Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Chelsea, Brighton And Hove Albion, Football, Premier League, Todd Boehly, Thomas Tuchel

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