Graham Potter is set to be appointed as Chelsea’s new head coach following further talks this morning in which he verbally agreed to take over at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues have moved quickly to appoint Brighton manager Potter after sacking Thomas Tuchel yesterday.
Potter held positive talks with co-controlling owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali in London yesterday, after being granted permission to do so by Brighton.
More discussions were held today, and Chelsea want the 47-year-old to lead a long-term project at the club like Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp have done at Manchester City and Liverpool.
Potter impressed Boehly and Eghbali with his vision for the club, as the owners seek to create a new culture at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea are willing to pay a £15million release clause in his Brighton contract and hope Potter will be in place to take charge of the team at Fulham in the lunchtime kick-off on Saturday.
Potter this morning cancelled his scheduled Brighton press conference and he is expected to be appointed by Chelsea before the weekend.
After Potter verbally agreed to take over, Chelsea set about finalising the finer details of deal, including the make-up of his backroom staff, as they move swiftly to appoint him.
Chelsea are thought to have considered other contenders for the role, including Sporting Lisbon manager Ruben Amorim and former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino.
But the new Chelsea owners quickly identified Potter as the man to lead the new era at Stamford Bridge.
During his talks with Boehly and Eghbali, Potter asked for three members of his Brighton backroom team to join him at Chelsea.
He laid out his plans for the future, which include the appointment of transfer guru Kyle Macaulay and his two trusted assistants, Billy Reid and Bjorn Hamberg, joining him.
Potter will be tasked with getting Chelsea back on track after a poor start to the season and ensuring they finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League.
The Blues sit sixth in the Premier League, with 10 points from six games.