Reports: Halilhodzic offered himself to succeed Tuchel in training
French press reports revealed that the former coach of the Moroccan national team, Wahid Halilhodzic, offered himself to the management of the English club Chelsea, but he received a shock by appointing another coach during the past few days to succeed German Thomas Tuchel, who was dismissed from his position against the background of the disappointing results suffered by the Blues locally and continentally.
According to the newspaper “L’Equipe”, Vahid Halilhodzic offered his services to the management of Chelsea FC in order to become the team’s coach.
The newspaper added that the club’s response was shocking to coach Vahid Halilhodzic, when it rejected his request on the pretext that it was looking for an English coach.
The Moroccan Football Association, led by Faouzi Lefja, separated from coach Vahid Halilhodzic by mutual consent, and appointed Walid Rekraki as his successor.
Chelsea announced, Thursday, the appointment of Graham Potter as technical director to lead the Blues to succeed German coach Thomas Tuchel, who was sacked in the past hours, after losing to Dinamo Zagreb 0-1 in the first round of the group stage of the Champions League.
The Blues published an official statement on their official website and Twitter account saying: Chelsea Football Club is pleased to welcome Graham Potter as our new coach, joining us on a five-year contract to bring progressive football and his innovative coaching to the club.
“Potter is one of the most exciting coaches in the game, having started his journey in Sweden before bringing his talents to the English game over the past four seasons,” Chelsea said in a statement.
Upon completing his move to Stamford Bridge, Potter said: “I am extremely proud and excited to represent Chelsea FC, this fantastic football club. Fantastic people, I would also like to extend my sincere thanks to Brighton & Hove Albion FC for giving me this opportunity, and in particular Tony Bloom and all the players, staff and fans for their continued support during my time at the club.
Chairman Todd Buehle said: “We are delighted to bring Graham to Chelsea he is a proven and innovative manager in the Premier League and fits our vision for the club. Huge impact at his previous clubs and we look forward to his positive impact at Chelsea We look forward to supporting him, his coaching staff and the team in achieving their full potential in the coming months and years.