Chelsea FC has appointed a new manager, a day after sacking German, Thomas Tuchel.
Graham Potter will be appointed as Chelsea’s manager – and an announcement could come as soon as Thursday night to confirm the deal.
Potter, the 47-year-old Brighton boss, has agreed terms on a five-year contract to switch to Stamford Bridge.
He is set to be in the dugout for Saturday’s Premier League early kick-off at 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.
The Seagulls boss was due to speak to the media on Thursday ahead of his current side’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth, and he was seen pulling into their training base for the last time early on Thursday morning.
Potter is expected to be in the Chelsea dugout, along with his Brighton staff, for the Blues’ match against Fulham on Saturday.
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.
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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.