Graham Potter will be ‘a resounding success’ at Chelsea and will make players ‘better and better’, says his former Swansea assistant Alan Curtis… as he backs him to ‘do things his own way’ at Stamford Bridge
- Former Swansea assistant Alan Curtis insists Graham Potter will be a success
- Graham Potter is set to become Chelsea’s new manager after agreeing a deal
- He is likely to be in the dugout for Chelsea’s game against Fulham on Saturday
Graham Potter will be a huge success if he takes the Chelsea job insists his former Swansea City assistant manager Alan Curtis.
The Brighton & Hove Albion boss has verbally agreed terms on a contract to become the Blues new manager and he is expected to take position in the dugout for Saturday’s game against Fulham.
Controlling owner Todd Boehly wasted no time in dispensing Thomas Tuchel after the disastrous Champions League loss away to Dinamo Zagreb and he has moved quickly to get Potter.
Graham Potter has verbally agreed terms on a contract to become the new Chelsea manager
Potter, who is going over a few final details of the contract this morning, is expected to be in the Chelsea dugout, along with his Seagulls staff, for the Blues’ match against Fulham on Saturday.
Curtis, who worked alongside Potter at Swansea, is confident that he will be a success at Stamford Bridge just like he has proved to be at both of his previous clubs in England.
Having guided Brighton to a ninth place finish in the Premier League last season and he currently has the Seagulls in fourth place after the opening six matches of the campaign.
His former Swansea City assistant Alan Curtis believes Potter will be a huge success at Chelsea
‘I think everyone can see that they’re going to get a first class manager and he’s an excellent coach, good communicator,’ Curtis told Sky Sports via Football Daily.
‘The proof in the pudding is that he produces teams that play great, attractive football. With Brighton they’re winning games as well so it’s a great combination.
‘Going into Chelsea, it’s a much more different and more challenging job than when he was at Swansea and when he was at Brighton – dealing with different individuals and dealing with such a massive club.’
The 68-year-old Welshman has confirmed that Potter will be keen to do things his own way, including suggesting signings, and improving the current crop of players.
Curtis insists Potter will want do things his own way and will get his teeth into the players
‘But he will want to do things his own way. In terms of recruitment, he will identify players.
‘They have a hugely talented squad anyway and I’m sure if and when he does take the job then he can’t wait to get his teeth into the players.
‘Certainly from our point of view, the players weren’t sceptical, from his first meeting, from his first training session they were right behind him.
‘There was a feeling that the players got better and better. There’s nothing better for a player than if your game is being improved all the time and you’re being challenged.
‘I have no doubt that if he goes to Chelsea he will be a resounding success.’
Potter quickly emerged as Chelsea’s No 1 target and he was locked in advanced talks with the Blues on Wednesday night, thrashing out an agreement.
Having made a formal approach to Brighton, Chelsea were granted permission to speak to Potter soon after news broke about Tuchel’s departure.
Talks with the Potter are understood to have been led by co-owner Todd Boehly (pictured)
Those talks are understood to have been led by co-owners Boehly and Behdad Eghbali in London on Wednesday afternoon and continued into the evening.
Sources said the only way Chelsea would not appoint him is if he turned down the role – which has not proven to be a stumbling block with Potter keen to head for west London.
The identification of Potter as Chelsea’s preferred option to replace Tuchel – who Sportsmail revealed will receive as much as £13million in compensation after his shock dismissal – has come during a period in which the club are without a sporting director.
Chelsea, who are currently sixth, will now hope they can get an immediate bounce from the imminent arrival of Potter in a bid to breathe new life in their domestic and Champions League campaigns.
GRAHAM POTTER’S BRIGHTON RECORD
Games played: 134
Goals scored: 161
Goals against: 172
Points per game: 1.28
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