One day after Chelsea’s loss to Aston Villa, the Chelsea leadership decided to fire the English coach, despite having only hired him for just over six months.
In early September last year, Chelsea caused a shock by appointing Graham Potter to replace Thomas Tuchel. To secure the 47-year-old English coach, the Stamford Bridge team had to pay a compensation fee of £21.5 million to Brighton, making Potter the highest-paid coach in history.
The Chelsea leadership also demonstrated their commitment to Potter by signing a 5-year contract. Unfortunately, this collaboration did not go in the right direction.
Currently, Chelsea are in 11th place in the Premier League table with 39 points, 11 points behind fourth place, and have played one more game than their opponents.
The possibility of Chelsea’s Top 4 finish is almost gone, and the loss to Aston Villa last weekend made the Chelsea leadership lose patience.
“Chelsea FC has announced that Graham Potter has departed the club. Graham has agreed to collaborate with the Club to facilitate a smooth transition. In his time with the club, Graham has taken us to the quarter-final of the Champions League, where we will face Real Madrid.
“Chelsea would like to thank Graham for all his efforts and contribution and wish him well for the future. Bruno Saltor will take charge of the team as Interim Head Coach.”
Potter’s coaching record at Chelsea was not impressive. He had 22 games in the Premier League with The Blues, winning only 7, drawing 7, and losing 8. That is a disappointing figure for a team that has spent over £500 million in the transfer market this season.
“Along with our incredible fans, we will all be getting behind Bruno and the team as we focus on the rest of the season. We have 10 Premier League games remaining and a Champions League quarter final ahead. We will put every effort and commitment into every one of those games so that we can end the season on a high.”
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