Brighton has given Chelsea permission to speak with Graham Potter, who is the top candidate to replace Thomas Tuchel and is scheduled to travel for talks with Todd Boehly. His release clause is not a problem.
Brighton has given Chelsea permission to speak with Graham Potter about their recently open managerial position.
Just hours after his team’s loss to Dinamo Zagreb, Thomas Tuchel was fired this morning.
One of the best up-and-coming managers in England, Potter, who is now the Blues’ top choice, is scheduled to meet with new owner Todd Boehly to discuss the position.
Even though sources claim Brighton would be owed at least £10 million by Chelsea to get him out of the Amex Stadium, that clause is not thought to be a problem.
There are rumors that Potter, 47, has a £16 million release clause at his present club. Potter signed a contract extension with the Amex just six months after assuming the position, extending his employment there through 2025.
Graham Potter has been given permission by Brighton to speak with Chelsea about their recently vacant managerial position.
Another favorite for the position is former PSG and Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino
Potter has adapted to life at Brighton, who have had a fantastic season so far.
Sportsmail, however, has learned from sources that Potter would seriously consider leaving the Seagulls for a Champions League-playing team.
Club executives are also thinking about other candidates, including Mauricio Pochettino.
Pochettino, who left Paris Saint-Germain earlier this summer as a free agent, would make for a simpler appointment given his unemployment.
Although the Argentine’s connections to Tottenham would be taken into account by all parties, it is believed that initial steps to discuss the position with Pochettino have already been taken.
Thomas Tuchel was sensationally fired by Chelsea owner Todd Boehly (right) on Wednesday.
Chelsea will still urgently speak with Pochettino, though.
The Chelsea management would also be interested in Zinedine Zidane, but he intends to succeed Didier Deschamps as France’s manager following the World Cup.
Less than seven games into the new season and 100 days into Todd Boehly’s administration, Tuchel was brutally fired on Wednesday. Tuchel will receive £13 million from Chelsea in compensation for his services, and his coaching staff will receive £2 million.
Tuesday’s 1-0 loss to Dinamo Zagreb by Chelsea left Tuchel looking dejected.
Chelsea, which is currently in sixth place in the Premier League and has had a dismal start to its Champions League run, saw the dismissal of manager Thomas Tuchel hours after their humiliating 1-0 loss to Dinamo Zagreb, his 100th game in charge.
The team will continue to be led by Tuchel’s coaching staff until a replacement is named by the club, who promised to act “swiftly” to do so.
According to Sportsmail, firing Tuchel will cost Chelsea £15 million, of which £13 million will go to the German and £2 million to his coaching staff.
In a statement on Tuchel’s dismissal, Chelsea said, “On behalf of everyone at Chelsea FC, the club would like to place on record its gratitude to Thomas and his staff for all their efforts during their time with the club.”
Thomas, who won the Champions League, Super Cup, and Club World Cup during his time at Chelsea, will rightfully have a place in the club’s history.
“The new ownership group believes it is the right time to make this transition,” they say, “as it approaches 100 days since taking over the club and as it continues to work hard to take the club forward.”
One more name on the potential shortlist for the Chelsea position is Zinedine Zidane.
Given that Tuchel publicly stated last month that talks for a contract extension were ongoing, his dismissal has surprised some.
He declared, “There are talks.”
But given our current predicament and the fact that the transfer window is in full swing, I believe it is best if I concentrate on my team, sports, and competition.
“My people handle everything else and talk to the owners.” You are aware of my gratitude and enjoyment for being here. It’s a good thing, then.
A squad that has been bolstered to the tune of more than £260 million in the summer, a record spend in one window for a Premier League club at more than £260 million, will be handed over to the new manager at Stamford Bridge.