Graham Potter will be given time to make his mark at Chelsea and won’t come under pressure even if the club fail to earn a top four finish, talkSPORT understands.
The Blues moved quickly to replace Thomas Tuchel by naming the Brighton boss as his successor on Thursday afternoon.
Potter, who is regarded as one of the top coaches in the Premier League, has penned a five-year deal with the west London side.
After establishing a reputation for their hire-and-fire culture, it’s understood that Chelsea are looking to plan for the long-term with Potter.
Todd Boehly and the club’s hierarchy were impressed by Potter’s reputation as a risk-taker, and see his position as a long-term partnership to develop the club over the next five years.
This comes as no surprise given the LA Dodgers, Boehly’s baseball team, has had just one managerial change in 10 years.
Despite their swift sacking of Tuchel, Chelsea’s new ownership will give Potter every chance to prove a success at Stamford Bridge.
And while Champions League football is hugely important to the club, missing out on a top four finish in the Premier League this season will not bring about the same fate as Tuchel – so long as Potter shows positive signs of implementing his vision.
It’s also understood that Chelsea are looking to appoint a sporting director before the mid-season break for the World Cup, with Potter set to have a key say in who is appointed.
Meanwhile, plans are already being made for the January transfer window.
Specific targets will be decided by a director of football, with an appointment being made in the next couple of months.