Football lovers (including rival fans) around the world woke up to the shocking news of the disengagement of German tactician, Thomas Tuchel as manager of Chelsea.

Following Tuchel’s sack on Wednesday, Chelsea football club, Thursday announced the appointment of Graham Potter as the team’s new head coach.

With the Tuchel era abruptly halted on Wednesday, September 7, 2022, a new era is set to begin at Chelsea Football Club.

ALSO READ: Breaking: Chelsea FC part ways with manager, Thomas Tuchel

Maybe not long before the fans begin to flag fresh banners, The Potter Blue Army! or maybe trend #Potterball or boast In Potter We Trust.

It’s the fan thing, while I leave the fans to that, let me focus on my job for this article.

Here are 5 things you need to know about the new man at the helm, Graham Potter.

STRONG EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

After a playing career which spanned a decade and three years, Potter shifted his attention to education.

He proceeded to study social sciences at the Open University, then a Master’s degree in leadership and emotional intelligence at Leeds Metropolitan University

Speaking about his Master’s degree, Potter said;

“It was a leadership qualification. It’s effectively man-management and building an environment, understanding how the environment can help you shape behaviour and how people act.”

PLAYING CAREER

Potter enjoyed a 13-year playing career, playing from 1992 to 2005 for about 11 teams.

He began his career at Birmingham City as a trainee, then moved to Stoke City, but not after a loan spell at Wycombe Wanderers.

5 things to know about Graham Potter

He also had a stint at Southampton in the Premier League in 1996, West Bromwich Albion in 1997, and then a loan spell at Northampton Town and Reading.

Potter also played for York City, Boston United, and Shrewsbury Town on loan and finally ended his playing career at Macclesfield Town.

OUTSTANDING COACHING CAREER

So far, Potter has distinguished himself as a tactician to reckon with in the footballing world. Maybe not at the elite level yet as he potential aims to achieve that with his new role at Chelsea.

Potter started his coaching experience at the University of Hull, Leeds Metropolitan University and English Combined Universities teams.

He served as the technical director for the Ghananian national women’s team at the 2007 World Cup.

His professional coaching journey however started in Sweden at the end of 2010, where he managed a fourth-tier team, Ostersunds, leading them to the top flight.

5 things about Graham Potter

Potter’s Ostersunds side also won the Swedish Cup (the club’s first domestic trophy) and reached the knock-out stages of the Europa League.

The highlight of Potter’s European adventure with Ostersunds was his team’s 2-1 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates in the second leg of their first knock-out game, although they were eliminated at the same stage.

He managed the Swedish for a total of 221 matches in all competitions.

5 things about Graham Potter

He returned to Britain to take charge of Swansea City, appointed on 11 June 2018 on a three-year contract.

Then resumed as head coach at Brighton on 20 May 2019.

At Brighton, Potter managed the team for 134 matches, while he was on the touchline for 51 games at Swansea.

EXCEPTIONAL RECORDS

Graham Potter led his Ostersund side to the club’s first domestic trophy, Swedish Cup, in 2017.

In his first two seasons at Ostersund, Potter helped the team win the Swedish fourth and third divisions.

His side also gained promotion as runner-up in the second division.

Potter enjoyed an outstanding record at Brighton & Hove Albion breaking several records.

5 things about Graham Potter

He led the team to its highest points (41) and goals (39) in his first season at Brighton, 2019/20.

The team finished with a record-equaling points tally of 41 points in the following season, 2020/21.

Another club record kept by his Brighton side is the 12 clean sheets in the 2020/21 Premier League season.

With a total of 42 goals, 51 points and a ninth-place in the 2021–22 season, Potter and his Brighton side set a record for the club’s best-ever performance in the top division.

ACCOLADES

In Sweden, Graham Potter was awarded two consecutive Allsvenskan Manager of the Year awards in 2016 and 2017.

At the 2017 Swedish Sports Awards, Potter was also named the best coach from any sport in the country.

5 things about Graham Potter

With his team’s 2-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford, Potter emerged the first ever Brighton manager to do so on the opening fixture of the season.