Graham Potter: Chelsea sack head coach one day after Blues beaten by Aston Villa

by | Apr 2, 2023 | Global Football News | 0 comments


Chelsea have sacked Graham Potter as their head instruct; Potter has lasted just seven months inside the task at Stamford Bridge; former Brighton defender Bruno Saltor has been appointed as period in-between head train; Chelsea play Liverpool on Tuesday.

Graham Potter and Julian Nagelsmann - PA/AP Photo

Chelsea have sacked Graham Potter as their head coach.

Julian Nagelsmann, sacked a week in the past as Bayern Munich boss, has been mounted as the fave to update Potter.

Potter become appointed on September 8 on a fiveyear deal, however has left the membership simply seven months into that agreement, after prevailing seven of his 22 most effective League video games in charge.

“I feel for Graham Potter, however it changed into inevitable,” summarised Sky sports pundit Jamie Carragher. “You don’t alternate Tuchel for Potter. Ridiculous decision to begin with.”

Chelsea face actual Madrid within the Champions League sector-finals later this month but Potter’s departure follows Chelsea’s 2-zero defeat at home to Aston Villa, a end result which left the Blues eleventh in the most effective League desk, 12 points in the back of fourth-placed Manchester United. throughout the Stamford Bridge defeat, a section of Chelsea supporters sang: “you don’t know what you’re doing” at Potter.

Who might be the subsequent Chelsea boss?

in line with Chelsea, Potter ‘has agreed to collaborate with the membership to facilitate a clean transition.’

Former Brighton defender Bruno Saltor has been appointed as interim head teachtogether with his first sport coming at domestic to Liverpool on Tuesday, stay on Sky sports.

however Nagelsmann has already emerged as a frontrunner to be Potter’s longterm successor.

“For all Chelsea’s insistence that they were making an investment in a method manager and his “modern education” – plus their endured claims of backing his imaginative and prescient – the club‘s techniquein particular recruitment-smartturned into in evaluation to Graham Potter’s whole profession,” contemplated Sky sports‘ Melissa Reddy.

“Chelsea have two times earlier than tried to tempt Mauricio Pochettino. they’re one in all 3 known top-rated League clubs making a long play for [Brighton boss and Potter successor] Roberto De Zerbi. however the timing of this Potter choice, with Nagelsmann freshly to be had and Spurs circling, is instructive.”

however, there are doubts that the 35-12 monthsvintage German is ready to transport to London.

“Chelsea will had been doing their homework within the heritagetrying to installation a substitutein the interim, we do not know who that man or woman will be. What we do understand is that they want Julian Nagelsmann and and he is available in the meanwhile,” defined Sky sports activities news‘ leader reporter Kaveh Solhekol.

“The trendy statistics we have popping out from Sky Germany is that they’re now not satisfied that he’s going to need to move from Germany and take any other job straightaway. maybe he’s going to want to attend until the summer to give him a touch bit of a danger to recharge his batteries after leaving Bayern Munich.”

How Chelsea called time on Potter
speaking approximately Potter’s sacking, a assertion from Chelsea co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali said: “On behalf of anyone on the club, we need to thank Graham absolutely for his contribution to Chelsea.
we have the best degree of appreciate for Graham as a train and as a person. He has continually performed himself with professionalism and integrity and we’re all disenchanted in this final results.

along side our extraordinary fanswe will all be getting at the back of Bruno and the team as we awareness on the rest of the season.

we’ve got 10 optimum League games final and a Champions League sectorfinal beforehandwe are able to put every effort and commitment into each one of those games in order that we are able to quit the season on a high.”

Potter’s final words as Chelsea manager

“We came in September, there is a number of gamesquite a few accidentsit’s hard to have consistency you need as you’re playing a whole lot of matchesthese days is a bit of a setback, of direction it’s farwe’re disappointed to lose. At domesticwe can experience pain of supporters. We ought to dirt ourselves down and cross again for Tuesday.

“I recognize when you lose at domestic, the feelings of the game is such that humans are going to be disillusionedpissed offindignantwe are not glad with wherein we’re inside the desksome thing grievance comes, we must take delivery of.

“They [the players] are professional footballers, they play for Chelsea. They apprehend needsthey are no longer stupid. They accept obligation, are honest and need to do higherthey’re preventing for every other and fighting together.”

‘You cannot spend £550m and be 11th within the highest quality League’

“Todd Bohely became instrumental in appointing Potter – he is the only that has been backing him and maintaining him in the taskother senior human beings at Chelsea desired to make this variation earlier however in the long run they weren’t able to make that decision until now. underneath the previous proprietor Roman Abramovich he might had been sacked 3 or 4 instances.

“A Chelsea supervisor is generally a person with a big characterlarge ego and a CV with masses of trophies on it. It become a surprise when they sacked Tuchel – he had won three trophies in 20 months consisting of the Champions League. They have been fifth within the premiere League while Tuchel changed into sacked, it turned into seen as a danger to sack a supervisor of the calibre of Tuchel and take a real chance with Potter. He wouldn’t have were given the activity beneath the previous proprietors.

this is a manager that value the membership £21m to get him from Brighton so that they made a big investment and gave him a 5year contractbut if you have spent £550m in transfer home windows and are eleventh inside the most advantageous League then if you are the manager you’ll pay for that together with your task.

“A big issue is the fact Chelsea players have quite a few energy and you need a huge persona to manipulate them and to work with them. Even Frank Lampard had an aura about him and recognize at the club. Potter is a very good coach but the Chelsea task is one in all the largest jobs in global football and to do this job you want to be of the stature of a Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte or Tuchel.

“I think it’ll damage Potter’s popularity at the pinnacle degree. He couldn’t have turned this task down – he did his first-class and carried himself impeccably always, taking responsibility. He had to put up with lots too approximately human beings reporting that he can also lose his task and it became nicely documented approximately the threats sent to him and his circle of relativesit’ll have taken plenty out of him. however i’m sure he might be again. Potter is a gorgeous instruct and managermaybe Chelsea became one stage too excessive for him at this factor in his career.”

who’s Bruno Saltor?

with no managerial experience, Potter’s first-crew teach Bruno Saltor is the not going man tasked with leading Chelsea till the give up of the season, together with a Champions League quartervery last up against Carlo Ancelotti.

“He became a cult favored as a player at Brighton, making 235 appearances for the Seagulls earlier than shifting on to Potter’s training team of workers as senior player development teach in June 2019 at the south coast membership.

“His gambling fame is immortalised with a mural in Brighton entitled ‘El Capitan’ which became painted at the aspect of a constructing inside the city‘s North Laine place to mark their first season inside the top of the line League.

let’s examine wherein the destiny takes me and i can simply try to be geared up for anything comes up,” Bruno said in an interview with Sky sports activities in 2021.

he is now – for time being – the manager of Chelsea. let’s see if he’s prepared.”

Opinion: Humiliation for Chelsea owners

As weekends go, Todd Boehly and Chelsea should hardly ever have endured a more humiliating one. Thomas Tuchel, freshly set up as Bayern Munich head coach, takes his new team to the pinnacle of the Bundesliga with an emphatic win over erstwhile leaders Borussia Dortmund.

simultaneously, over at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea are succumbing to a 2-zero home defeat to Aston Villa that sees them drop into the lowest 1/2 of the choicest League deskthe next day, Graham Potter, the man chosen to update Tuchel at top notch cost, is disbursed with.

though Chelsea continue to be inside the Champions League, Potter can have few lawsuitssincerely, with so much alternate at the membership, this has been a hard state of affairsbut his process title became that of head coach now not supervisor. He had to be judged on the outcomes on the pitch. They were depressing.

Potter was unable to set up a clear style, a cohesive sample of play, the type of partnerships that would have hinted at better days beforehand if only he changed into afforded extra time. development is extra than a waiting sportit’s far a living issue and Chelsea had to see signs of it growing.

For Potter, those problems are now behind him. He may have possibilities some place else. The emptiness at Leicester would possibly well prove a great suit. For Chelsea, the issues remain. They must discover a person who can style some thing from an oddly assembled squad that also calls for surgery.

several signings have struggled badly and might should be moved on. Others appear lengthytime period tasks a good way to want time and consider if they’re to be triumphant. Having sacked two coaches interior their first season, Chelsea’s owners have already verified so as to be in quick supply.


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