This hasn’t been the perfect start to the season at Stamford Bridge, yet Thomas Tuchel’s dismissal still came as something of a shock. The German has departed with the new Chelsea manager being Graham Potter. Both of them were at the heart of deciding Billy Gilmour’s future at the club, as per The Athletic.
New Chelsea Manager Labelled as Ideal for Billy Gilmour
🚨 Tuchel advised Gilmour to join Brighton as Potter would be ideal for career. Chelsea owners told 21yo on deadline day they’d like him stay as things may change. He stuck with decision, only for Potter to then replace Tuchel at #CFC @TheAthleticUK #BHAFC https://t.co/Tg3ezKgiFL
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) September 12, 2022
Controversy and Chelsea Go Hand-In-Hand
There is never a dull moment in West London. Tuchel brought Champions League silverware back to the Bridge, but his side began their European campaign this time around with a defeat. Potter, meanwhile, has built up quite the dynasty with Brighton and Hove Albion, so it was hardly surprising when the Blues came calling.
Before departing Brighton, the new Chelsea manager brought in a familiar face to the Amex Stadium. On transfer deadline day, Potter signed Scottish midfielder Billy Gilmour. His loan spell with Norwich City didn’t exactly go to plan, and he will hope for a more productive spell for the Seagulls.
According to David Ornstein: “Tuchel advised Gilmour to join Brighton as Potter would be ideal for career”. Fast forward to the present day and the Seagulls are now searching for a new leader to grace their technical area. Gilmour’s stint under the stewardship of the new Chelsea manager didn’t last long at all and the Londoners were in fact, trying to resist his sale. Ornstein said in the same piece that “Chelsea owners told the 21-year-old on deadline day they’d like him to stay, as things may change.”
New Chelsea Manager Surrounded by Big Decisions
Whilst Potter wasn’t involved with the decision to allow Gilmour to make the move, he will be tasked with making major ones going forward. First on the agenda may well be the future of N’Golo Kante. The superb midfielder has been an excellent performer in the Premier League, but it remains to be seen what will happen next.
This summer was all about free transfers too as Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen joined Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively. With just one year left on the Frenchman’s contract, the new Chelsea manager has a lot on his plate straight from the get-go.
Your new Chelsea Head Coach, Graham Potter! pic.twitter.com/AYFVu3Kunc
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 12, 2022