Graham Potter

After less than seven months in charge, Chelsea fired manager Graham Potter in the wake of Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Aston Villa at home.

Since taking over for Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge on September 8, the Englishman had lost 11 of 31 games.

Chelsea is looking for their third manager of the year after spending more than £550 million on new players.

After their most recent defeat, the Blues are now 12 points outside of the top four and in the bottom half of the Premier League.

In order to ensure a smooth transition, Potter “has agreed to engage with the club,” according to Chelsea, and Bruno Saltor will take over as the team’s interim head coach.

Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali, the co-controlling owners, declared in a statement: “We have the utmost regard for Graham as a coach and as a person.

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We are all unhappy in the decision because he has always acted with professionalism and integrity.

Chelsea will play Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal on April 12 after hosting Liverpool in the Premier League on Tuesday.

With Leicester’s dismissal of manager Brendan Rodgers earlier on Sunday, there have already been 13 management changes in the Premier League this season.


The Chelsea owners continued, “Together with our fantastic fans, we will all be supporting Bruno and the club as we concentrate on the remainder of the season.”

There are still 10 Premier League games to play, as well as a quarterfinal of the Champions League.

To finish the season on a strong note, we will give each of those games everything we have.

When the Blues were sixth in the top league in September after spending £255 million on transfers during the summer, Potter took over for Tuchel, who had won three titles in 20 months at Stamford Bridge.

Owner Boehly went on another remarkable spending spree in January, shelling out £288m.

That saw Argentina midfielder Enzo Fernandez and Ukraine forward Mykhailo Mudryk join among eight new signings – but the new additions have struggled to click on the pitch.

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