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Graham Potter has freedom Thomas Tuchel didn’t with mastermind Billy Gilmour plan in £2m deal

The Blues have changed almost everything from the club that Thomas Tuchel took over in January 2021, now it’s for Potter to shape and mould.

From top to bottom, look like a completely different organisation. From an internal structure perspective the corridors at Cobham and Stamford Bridge are now relatively bare and there will have a been a point last week where Todd Boehly could look down his chain of command and be the closest person to the players.

Although some of the former coaching staff have been kept in place, Anthony Barry could once more be a brilliant person to keep on-board due to his experience and knowledge of the staff and playing squad, but other than him, Chelsea are a new entity.

Boehly and the new owners have ripped up the old rug and laid the foundations for a glitzy decor to put in place. The drive to find the interior is happening right now as things are laid bare for Graham Potter to have a go at.

Even the squad itself has been stripped and partially restocked in preparation for a new manager to move on with. From the speed of the ownership change itself to the immediate impact – for better or for worse – of the new group in charge, to the removal of key board members and directors, to scanning the transfer market in unprecedented fashion and now finally sacking and appointing a new manager within six months, it’s been busy.

What makes this overhaul easier is to have familiar bodies in place. Whilst Tuchel did have his own setup of staff, he lost Petr Cech and Marina Granovskaia, key intermediaries and confidants whilst at Stamford Bridge. Potter is seemingly being given the keys to some extent. The 47-year-old will have a say in the new director of football, he will be backed in the market and he will – they say – be given time.

How best to do all of this other than to be surrounded by familiar faces and the best in the business. The backroom staff at Chelsea has a new recruitment analyst, taken from the south coast by Potter on his way to Surrey, and the partially behind a brilliant deal for Billy Gilmour alongside Brighton’s other impressive transfers will be working at Chelsea instead.

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