Graham Potter jokes ‘I’m only a head coach’ in first words as Chelsea boss

Graham Potter has joked that he's "only a head coach" in a quick quip with photographers as Chelsea released their media content of their new boss.

The 47-year-old was pinpointed as the ideal candidate to lead the Todd Boehly era after the new Blues chief sacked Thomas Tuchel last week. Despite spending over £250million with the German in charge, days after the window shut the decision was made to axe the Champions League-winning coach.

And Potter has been flown in from Brighton for a fee of £20m as billionaire Boehly's spending continues even after the market closing. But while the Englishman might have become the most expensive manager ever in football, he has kept himself humble throughout the process.

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In his first words as Chelsea boss released by the club, he joked with photographers: "I can't multi-task you know, guys. Speak and take a picture? That's difficult for me. I'm only a head coach, you know!"

Potter joined Chelsea on the same day the Queen passed away, meaning that the club refused to release any interview material or other media to maintain respect on a tragic day for the monarchy.

But on Monday, the Blues have allowed fans to finally get a look at their new coach, who had plenty to say on the future of the club and how he will manage.

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He said: "I want a tactically flexible, attacking, possession-based team. Players that are brave, that aren’t afraid to make mistakes. That can get on the ball and show courage and really try to enjoy their football.

"If the players are enjoying their football, there’s a chance that the supporters will enjoy it as well. That’s how you grow and develop as a club.

"Styles of play don’t make you win games. The challenge is having players believe in it and how it works.

"In my position you cannot use time as an excuse. You can talk philosophy, identity, all these nice words, but you have to think in the short term as well. We are in a results game and you have to try and do your best to win."


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