After the sacking of Thomas Tuchel after just 18-months in the role, the new Chelsea manager Graham Potter has been given a 45-minute rolling contract by the club’s owner, Todd Boehly.
The contract will come with an option to extend to a full 90 minutes if the club are winning that particular game at half time.
Former Swansea and Brighton boss Potter will now take charge for the first half of Chelsea’s next game against Fulham, with one of the back-office staff lined up to replace him should his side be losing at half-time.
It is believed that the US billionaire will consider turning to former Tottenham and PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino if Chelsea end up losing the game after ninety minutes.
A statement on the club’s website read, “We would like to offer Thomas our gratitude for his efforts, and yes, we know he won us the Champions League, but his inability to shit trophies every time Mr Boehly clicks his fingers means that he simply had to go.”
Pressure has been mounting on Tuchel after a summer in which he spent £200m, and he appeared to have a difficult relationship with several of Chelsea’s senior players, many of whom it often looks like he could put on a pair of boots and easily replace.
A club spokesman told us, “We would like to formally congratulate Graham Potter on getting the job of Chelsea manager, and he will have our complete and unequivocal support.
“Until at least lunchtime tomorrow.”