Graham Potter Quick Facts
|Full name||Graham Stephen Potter|
|Born||20 May 1975|
|Place of Birth||Solihull, England|
|Years Active as a Player||1993 to 2005|
Who is Graham Potter?
Graham Potter, born Graham Stephen Potter is a professional football manager from England currently serving as the head coach of Chelsea FC. Potter arrived at the Stanford Bridge on 8th September 2022 after the dismissal of Thomas Tuchel due to poor performance.
Chelsea poached Potter from Brighton where he was doing an amazing job that caught the attention of Chelsea gaffers. The Blues paid a total of £15 million to secure Potter’s services, they then went deeper to pay for his backroom staff which attracted an additional fee amounting to £6.5m.
Graham Potter has been on the football scene for over 30 years now, just like most football managers, Potter began his career as a player. During his 13-year stint as a player, Graham played as a left-back, making 307 appearances and 16 goals.
Graham eventually called it a career in 2005 while playing for Macclesfield Town. After his retirement, he worked with several Universities, including the University of Hull where he served as a football development manager.
In addition, he also served as the assistant coach for England University as well as Leeds Metropolitan.
After working with different Universities for over half a decade, Potter landed a managerial position at Ostersund in December 2010, signing a three-year contract. At the time Ostersund was playing in the Swedish fourth tier.
His tenure began at the club in January the following year. He went on and experienced a successful tenure earning a promotion after promotion. In 2013 he renewed his contract with the club for another three years. During his stint, the club won the Svenska Cupen in 2017 and qualified for the 2017-18 UEFA Europa League.
In June 2018, he moved to Swansea City where he also signed a three-year contract. His debut at the club was quite impressive as he won his first game of the season. During his first season with the club, Potter managed to get to the quarter-finals of the 2018-19 FA Cup which was a huge milestone for the club.
At the end of the 2018-19 season, Brighton & Hove Albion became interested in Potter’s services and they went on to approach him after they dismissed Chris Hughton.
Following his success at Swansea City, the Swansea management, rejected Brighton’s offer. Instead, they offered Potter a new deal that would have made him one of the highest-paid football managers.
Despite Swansea turning down the deal, Potter was ready to negotiate with Brighton. Eventually, Swansea allowed the talk between Potter and Brighton, and after reaching an agreement, it was reported that Swansea was paid £3m in compensation for Potter and his backroom staff.
In 2019, he signed a four-year contract with Brighton & Hove Albion. His first season with the club saw the club record the highest points and goals in the Premier League. His second season was also quite impressive but he maintained the same number of points but with fewer goals than the previous season.
Following a series of successes in the past, Chelsea started hunting for his services. On 8th September 2022, it was announced Potter and five of his backroom staff were moving to Stamford Bridge to take over from Thoma Tuchel. Potter is expected to serve for a period of five years if he doesn’t mess up.
Graham Potter Personal Life
Salary and Net Worth
At the moment his salary is still unclear but will be updated as soon as possible. His net worth is estimated to be above $20 million with his career being his primary source of income.
The youthful manager is a loving husband to Rachael Potter and a caring Dad to three boys. Grahan and Rachael have been married for a couple of years now and things are running smoothly.
- Svenska Cupen: 2016–17
- Division 1 Norra: 2012
- Division 2 Norrland: 20
- Swedish Football Awards Manager of the Year: 2016, 2017
- Swedish Sports Awards Coach of the Year: 2017