Chelsea Football Club has fired their manager, Graham Potter, after just under seven months in charge. The decision came after their 2-0 home loss to Aston Villa on Saturday. Potter had 11 losses in 31 games since replacing Thomas Tuchel as the team’s manager on September 8th.
Chelsea has spent over £550m on new players and is now looking for their third manager of the season. They are currently in the bottom half of the Premier League, 12 points behind the top four teams.
In a statement, the club’s co-controlling owners, Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali, expressed their disappointment in the outcome and praised Potter’s professionalism and integrity. Bruno Saltor will take charge of the team as interim head coach, while Potter collaborates with the club for a smooth transition.
Chelsea faces Liverpool in the Premier League on Tuesday and Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals on April 12th. The team has 10 Premier League games remaining, and the owners have assured fans that they will put in every effort to end the season on a high note.
Potter’s dismissal is the 17th managerial change at Chelsea since the start of the century, and his reign was the shortest among full-time incumbents. Only Luis Felipe Scolari, Andre-Villas Boas, and Roberto Di Matteo had shorter tenures.
Potter was hired from Brighton and Hove Albion in September as part of Chelsea’s long-term approach. However, the team’s slide began just before the World Cup break, with a 4-1 loss at Brighton, followed by defeats against Arsenal and Newcastle and a Carabao Cup exit at Manchester City.
Potter had previously led Ostersunds in Sweden to three promotions in five seasons and won the 2017 Swedish Cup, earning a spot in the Europa League. He then spent one season with Swansea City before joining Brighton, where he led them to their highest-ever Premier League finish of ninth last season