Brighton boss Graham Potter reportedly reached a verbal agreement to take over as Chelsea’s new head coach..
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Brighton boss Graham Potter reportedly reached a verbal agreement to take over as Chelsea’s new head coach..

British outlet Sky Sports reported on Thursday that Chelsea have reached a verbal agreement with Brighton head coach Graham Potter to take over the former’s head coaching position.

Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly has been in London since Wednesday evening to discuss the team’s head coaching position and future direction of operations with Potter, according to the outlet’s renowned English correspondent Rob Dorsett. After active negotiations, the two parties began negotiation over contractual and some legal issues again today, but the two parties have only reached a verbal agreement and have not officially signed a contract.

In addition, the outlet’s renowned Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano also added that Mauricio Pochettino and Zinedine Zidane, who are currently unemployed, as well as Portuguese giants Sporting Clube de Portugal manager Ruben Amorim were also considered, but Boehly’s first choice was always Potter, and this was already the case when he signed Spain international left-back Marc Cucurella from Brighton not long ago.

Porter, 47, was head coach of former Sweden top-flight club Ostersund from 2011 to 2018, during which time he was often known for successfully discovering and turning England’s non-league players into stars. He also became famous for leading his team to defeat Galatasaray, PAOK Salonika and Arsenal during the Europa League campaign in the 2017/18 season.

In the summer of 2018, Porter returned to England to coach for the first time in his career, taking over the head coach position of Swansea City in the Championship. During his time at Swansea City, Potter led the team to a near-successful victory over Manchester City in the FA Cup.

The following summer, Porter joined Brighton, helping the club gradually transform from a team battling relegation to a super dark horse playing exciting style of football. Since taking over the Seagulls, Potter has led his team to defeat the  Manchester United twice in the Premier League last season and this season.

It is worth mentioning that if the appointment rumors come true, Porter will become the first Chelsea manager appointed by Boehly following the sacking of Thomas Tuchel earlier today.

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