Graham Potter ‘holds one-on-one talks with Chelsea stars and tells dressing-room to unite’ after Thomas Tuchel sacking


GRAHAM POTTER has already spoken to a number of his new Chelsea stars one-on-one.

The 47-year-old penned a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge this week after the Blues agreed to pay Brighton around £20million in compensation.

Graham Potter has an 'open door policy'

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Graham Potter has an ‘open door policy’Credit: EPA

Potter’s first game in charge had been due to be against Fulham this afternoon, but was postponed due to the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

In the absence of a game this weekend, the Englishman has already began trying to get to know his new players.

According CBS Sports’ Ben Jacobs, Potter has already spoken to a number of Chelsea stars’ one-on-one.

Jacobs adds that Potter has sought to emphasise the “importance of leadership and dressing room unity”.

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While he has been at pains to let players know that his door will always be open to listen to their thoughts.

Potter has been eager to quickly understand the culture within the Stamford Bridge club.

The former Swansea manager succeeded Champions League-winning coach Thomas Tuchel.

Despite his previous successes, Tuchel’s popularity with his squad is said to have deteriorated.

Chelsea’s wide players are claimed to have grown to “hate” playing on the same side as the German’s technical area… because of his constant moaning.

Tuchel’s love life is also said to have become a hot topic of dressing room gossip.

The 49-year-old split with wife of 13 years Sissi, 46, earlier this year before dating Natalie Max, 35.

According to The Independent, it is even alleged some players changed their perception of Tuchel around the time he split with Sissi.

Tuchel’s final game in charge was the 1-0 defeat at Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday night.

Potter will make his debut in the Stamford Bridge dugout next Wednesday, when his new side take on RB Salzburg in the Champions League.

Thomas Tuchel grew unpopular with his squad

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Thomas Tuchel grew unpopular with his squadCredit: Alamy





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