Chelsea co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali have explained their decision to part company with Graham Potter.
The 47-year-old’s departure after just seven months at the club was confirmed on Sunday evening following a club statement, which read: “Chelsea FC has announced that Graham Potter has departed the club. Graham has agreed to collaborate with the Club to facilitate a smooth transition.
“In his time with the club, Graham has taken us to the quarter final of the Champions League, where we will face Real Madrid. Chelsea would like to thank Graham for all his efforts and contribution and wish him well for the future.”
Potter took charge of 30 games at Chelsea, winning just 12 of those, drawing eight and suffering 11 defeats, the final one against Aston Villa in a 2-0 loss proving to be the final straw and his final game in charge.
Bruno Saltor will take interim charge of Chelsea after it was agreed that Potter would collaborate with the club to aid the transition to the new coach.
Boehly and Eghbali explained their decision to sack Potter despite offering unwavering support throughout the difficult months since his appointment to replace Thomas Tuchel last September.
The duo said: “On behalf of everyone at the club, we want to thank Graham sincerely for his contribution to Chelsea. We have the highest degree of respect for Graham as a coach and as a person. He has always conducted himself with professionalism and integrity and we are all disappointed in this outcome.
“Along with our incredible fans, we will all be getting behind Bruno and the team as we focus on the rest of the season. We have 10 Premier League games remaining and a Champions League quarter final ahead. We will put every effort and commitment into every one of those games so that we can end the season on a high.”
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