Brighton and Hove Albion Graham Potter is set to succeed Thomas Tuchel as Chelsea new manager following the latter’s sacked on Wednesday morning.
According to the Mirror Potter is believed to be Chelsea’s target after a stunning start to the term, guiding Brighton to fourth in the Premier League with four wins from six games – including a 2-1 triumph against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
It is reported that Brighton have granted Chelsea permission to talk to Potter after the Blues agreed to meet their £16million compensation fee.
The situation is expected to move quickly and there’s a chance Potter could be appointed before the end of Wednesday.
Tuchel was fired by Chelsea on Wednesday morning after their 1-0 defeat to Champions League rivals Dinamo Zagreb the previous evening.
The German enjoyed a successful 20-month spell at Stamford Bridge, winning three trophies – the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.
Chelsea were the biggest spenders in Europe during the last transfer window, investing more than £200m in their squad.
They’ve endured a tough start to their Premier League campaign, sitting two places and three points behind Potter’s Brighton in sixth.
A statement from the Blues read: “Chelsea Football Club has today parted company with Head Coach Thomas Tuchel. 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.“