Chelsea Owners Will Not Judge Graham Potter On Champions League qualification
Chelsea’s new owners will not judge Graham Potter’s first season at Stamford Bridge in Champions League qualifiers, according to the Pennsylvania News Agency.
You’d think Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali would consider a top-four finish in the Premier League and a good run in the Champions League as a successful first term for the new Potter boss. But it is understood that the co-controlling owners of the Blues will not force the former Brighton Potter boss to achieve those goals, as part of their long-term planning.
So it would be clear that Boehly and Eghbali are ready to resist any change of direction should the Blues fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League. The new Blues bosses arrived at Stamford Bridge this summer with an ambitious ten-year plan, and a 100-day overhaul of their embryonic ownership earlier this week led to the firing of manager Thomas Tuchel.
Taskmaster’s German manager Tuchel was sacked on Wednesday morning and the Brighton Potter boss quickly convinced him to move to west London. Potter, who was born in Solihull, signed a five-year contract with Chelsea on Thursday afternoon, before leading his first Blues training session on Friday morning.
Saturday’s Premier League trip to Fulham has been postponed after the queen’s death, but the Blues are preparing normally for Wednesday’s Champions League clash against RB Salzburg at Stamford Bridge. Potter spent Thursday afternoon at Chelsea’s Cobham training base, meeting with club staff. Boehly and Eghbali approached the Chelsea staff, along with Potter on Thursday, as the new era of the Blues took another big step forward. Potter met his Chelsea team for the first time on Friday morning, before going to work on the training ground.
Chelsea president Boehly views Potter in a similar way to Andrew Friedman, the baseball boss hired by the Los Angeles Dodgers to lead the California franchise. Boehly and his fellow Dodgers owners watched Friedman effectively learn all the tricks of the trade during his time with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Boehly and Eghbali believe Potter developed the same kind of innovative spirit by maximizing resources at Brighton and believe the additional weapons in Chelsea’s arsenal could see him have a significant impact at Stamford Bridge. The new Chelsea owners have already put their teeth into their long-term plan to transform every aspect of the West London club.
Boehly and Eghbali now hope to build their new Chelsea set up around the new Potter boss. Chelsea fell in the Champions League defeat to Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday night, but the decision to leave Tuchel had already been made.
Chelsea’s board of directors felt Tuchel’s tenure had lost its way after the impressive start that saw the German manager lead the Blues to the Champions League title in just 124 days at the helm of Stamford Bridge
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