Chelsea appointed Graham Potter as the club’s new manager after announcing the decision to axe Thomas Tuchel. Below are some interesting facts about the new Chelsea manager:
Graham Potter is 47 years old. He was born in Solihull in England and is married to Rachel Potter with three children – all male. He has a master’s in emotional intelligence, which he believed helped him in man-management and his career as a football manager. The highly-rated coach had the entirety of his professional football career in England. He had never played for a top Premier League club.
Potter did not make any international appearances for the English national team. He only played once for the England U-21 team. He had played all through his career with clubs in England and has never earned a call to the England national team.
Potter started his managerial career in 2011 at FC Orstesund in Sweden, where he won three promotions and the Svenska Cupen. The highest he went with Orstesund was leading them to the 2017/2018 Europa League Knock-out stages.
Potters’ first spell in English football as a manager was with Swansea City. He was appointed the manager of Swansea City in 2018, who are playing in the second division of English football – the Championships.
Brighton is Graham Potter’s first Premier League club that he has managed. He was appointed Brighton manager in 2019; he had barely spent three years as a manager of a Premier League club before this sudden leap to the Chelsea job.
As a player, Graham Potter made an appearance in the Premier League when he was playing for Southampton between 1996 and 1997. He scored 8 Premier League goals. The rest of his football spell as a player has been with clubs in the lower division.
In his days as a professional football player, he did not win any trophy and has played for 11 different clubs, all in the lower division except Southampton. The clubs that he has played for include Southampton, Macclesfield, Wycombe Wanderers, Boston, York City, Northampton, West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City, Birmingham, Reading, and Shrewsbury,
Graham Potter came into the limelight in English football during his spell as a coach at Swansea. He is known as the progenitor of Swansea’s possessive football, which emphasizes buildup play and winning possession.
Potter played as a left-back throughout his football career as a player. He has made 321 appearances, scoring 16 goals, with only one appearance for the England U-21.
As a manager, Graham Potter played 249 games as Orstesund manager. He played 51 games as Swansea manager and 135 games as Brighton manager. He has overseen 435 games as a coach with only one trophy (Svenska Cupen), which he won in Sweden at Orstesund.
Potter As A Player In Southampton