Chelsea sack Potter, name interim replacement
This is the second time the Todd Boehly-led Chelsea administration will be sacking a manager since he took over in less than a year at Stamford Bridge.
Graham Pottter’s infamous reign at Chelsea is officially over after the London club announced his exit from the club on Sunday.
Potter was appointed on 8 September 2022 as a replacement for Thomas Tuchel.
The former Brighton boss who was handed a five-year deal only lasted for seven months into that contract, after winning seven of his 22 c games in charge.
Chelsea confirmed the sacking of Potter in an official statement where they also pointed to who will handle the team pending when a substantive manager is appointed.
“Chelsea FC has announced that Graham Potter has departed the club. Graham has agreed to collaborate with the Club to facilitate a smooth transition.
“In his time with the club, Graham has taken us to the quarter-final of the Champions League, where we will face Real Madrid.
“Chelsea would like to thank Graham for all his efforts and contribution and wish him well for the future. Bruno Saltor will take charge of the team as Interim Head Coach.” the club statement read.
Co-controlling owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali said: ‘On behalf of everyone at the club, we want to thank Graham sincerely for his contribution to Chelsea. We have the highest degree of respect for Graham as a coach and as a person. He has always conducted himself with professionalism and integrity and we are all disappointed in this outcome.
‘Along with our incredible fans, we will all be getting behind Bruno and the team as we focus on the rest of the season. We have 10 Premier League games remaining and a Champions League quarter-final ahead. We will put every effort and commitment into every one of those games so that we can end the season on a high.’
Football journalist, Fabrizio Romano, has hinted Chelsea will be focusing on acquiring the services of former Bayern Manager, Julian Nagelsman who was sacked last week.
After just over six months, the Graham Potter era at Chelsea is over.
The ex-Brighton man was relieved of his duties by the club on Sunday evening following a spate of tepid performances – the last of which being in a 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa.
Who Todd Boehly will choose as Potter’s replacement still remains very much up in the air, so to help the multi-billionaire out a bit, we at 90min have decided to compile a list of contenders.
Todd, you’re welcome mate:
1. Julian Nagelsmann
The name on everyone’s lips; and understandably so.
Julian Nagelsmann is one of the most highly-rated young managers in world football and, having recently been sacked by Bayern Munich, is currently a free agent waiting for the right job to come up.
Tottenham have been linked, but a move to Chelsea makes a lot more sense for Nagelsmann who seems ready for a move to one of the Premier League’s big boys.
2. Mauricio Pochettino
The ex-Tottenham manager has been out of work since the end of the 2021/22 season, having being let go by Paris Saint-Germain.
While his stock is a lot lower than it was back in 2019 after Tottenham’s miracle run to the UEFA Champions League final, Poch could still be an interesting option for Boehly and co. to explore.
His teams play stunning football when at their best, and after season of dire games at Stamford Bridge, that’s exactly what Chelsea fans are craving.
3. Luis Enrique
Another free agent, the name ‘Luis Enrique’ won’t enthuse Chelsea fans in the way it might’ve after his successful tenure at Barcelona.
The slow, methodical, rather aimless, football Enrique’s Spain played the World Cup is probably the last thing the Blues faithful want to see between now and the end of the season.
4. Zinedine Zidane
Zidane was seemingly holding out for the France national team job until Didier Deschamps decided to stay put after an impressive World Cup.
Now, he’s on the lookout for a job elsewhere, and that elsewhere could be west London.
The ex-Real Madrid manager is big name and his man-management skills are damn near legendary at this point – having guided Los Blancos to three UEFA Champions League triumphs.
5. Ruben Amorim
90min understands thatRuben Amorim was high up on Chelsea’s list when they decided to sack Thomas Tuchel.
Eventually they appointed Graham Potter, but Amirom could be right back near the top of the list once again now that Potter has been sacked too.
The Sporting CP is highly regarded for his ambitious and attacking style of play which has led to Primeira Liga success for his current club
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