Chelsea Told the Experienced European Manager They Should Have Appointed Instead of Graham Potter

Chelsea Told the Experienced European Manager They Should Have Appointed Instead of Graham Potter

  • Glen Johnson has claimed that Chelsea made a blunder appointing Graham Potter as their new boss
  • According to Johnson, Mauricio Pochettino was better-suited to succeed Thomas Tuchel who was dismissed at Stamford Bridge
  • Pochettino, who has previously managed in the Premier League, is currently out of job after he was sacked at Paris Saint-Germain

Former Chelsea star Glen Johnson has suggested that the Blues made a mistake to replace Thomas Tuchel with Graham Potter.

The west London club moved with speed to snap up Potter from Brighton to succeed Tuchel, who was sacked after a slow start to the new season.

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Graham Potter reacts during the UEFA Champions League group E match between Chelsea FC and FC Salzburg at Stamford Bridge. Photo by Richard Heathcote.
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Potter, who has been in charge of Chelsea for a couple of days, had a debut to forget as the Blues boss as his side dropped points against RB Salzburg in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

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Glen Johnson slams Chelsea for sacking Thomas Tuchel

Johnson has now hit out at his former side for getting rid of Tuchel, claiming the move ‘could come back to bite’ the 2021 Champions League winners.

The former defender went on to assert that Potter was not the best option to take over from Tuchel, backing Mauricio Pochettino as a better choice.

"When Thomas Tuchel was sacked I thought it was obvious that Chelsea would move for Mauricio Pochettino, but obviously, I got it wrong," Johnson told
"He would have been the man for me. I know some people were saying it would have been a cheaper option to go for Graham Potter."

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On Tuchel's sacking, Johnson said:

"I was as shocked as anybody, to be honest. Obviously, the owners had something in their mind whilst they were buying the club."

Chelsea owner explains why he had to sack Thomas Tuchel

Sports Brief had earlier reported that Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has revealed interesting details about why they decided to sack Thomas Tuchel.

Tuchel was relieved of his duties as Chelsea's head coach last week following a spate of poor results.

The German gaffer was sacked barely 15 months after leading the side to Champions League victory. Boehly adopted the ruthless nature of former owner Roman Abramovich by firing Tuchel at the first sight of a dip in form.