Brighton reveal Chelsea’s massive fee to recruit Graham Potter…
- Chelsea had to spend huge sums to get Graham Potter out of Brighton last year
- Now published accounts have revealed exactly how much the Blues paid for him
- It was a rocky start for the former Brighton manager at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea shelled out £21.5m to land Graham Potter and key members of his coaching staff, it was revealed.
Potter was named Blues chairman on September 8 on a five-year deal, replacing Thomas Tuchel.
Potter was soon established as Chelsea’s obvious first choice by the likes of Mauricio Pochettino and Sporting CP’s Ruben Amorim, with co-owners Todd Bohle and Baghdad Ighbali impressing.
He had a £15m release clause in his Brighton contract but published accounts covering the year to June 2023 have now revealed exactly how much the Seagulls will be compensated for the loss of Potter and other key staff.
the accounts, Reported by Kieran Maguireshowed Brighton’s net spending of minus £89m, with £21.5m in compensation for Potter and his coaching staff.
The compensation paid by Chelsea to Brighton for Graham Potter and his staff has been revealed
Billy Reid (left, with Potter) and Bjorn Hamburg (right) both follow Potter to Chelsea
Potter brought several members of his Brighton team with him to Stamford Bridge.
These include coaches Bjorn Hamburg and Billy Reed, as well as assistant chief recruiter Kyle Macaulay, all trusted in Potter’s inner circle.
It was not an easy start to life in west London, with Potter and his staff having managed just eight Premier League wins since taking over six months ago.
This means it has cost Chelsea just under £2.7m to win the league so far, much to the annoyance of Blues fans.
Potter has been given a great deal of patience from Boehly, who is eager to trust the long-term process with his many summer signings, as part of a £600m overhaul since taking over from Roman Abramovich.
But even Bohli could not hide his frustration after watching his side concede a late equalizer in their 2-2 draw with Everton last Saturday.
Having won their last three matches in all competitions, Potter’s side looked set to pull off another victory when they took the lead through Joao Felix early in the second half.
Then Everton struck back through Abdoulaye Doucoure, but a penalty from Kai Havertz 14 minutes from time seemed to seal all three points for the Blues.
Potter only had eight wins in the league but seemed to be turning things around
Potter seemed to be about to turn around, but the Everton draw was yet another setback for the Chelsea manager
But there was late drama as Ellis Sims came off the bench to salvage a point for the Toffees with an impressive finish in the 89th minute, much to Boehly’s surprise.
Potter admitted afterwards that his team had failed to dominate in the closing stages of the competition, and Buhle’s assessment was even more brutal.
When the American left Stamford Bridge, a fan asked him his thoughts on the match, and he quickly replied: “Great game!”
The result left Chelsea in 10th place, 11 points outside the Champions League places, and they are in real danger of losing all of European football.
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