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Potter gone! This is the new Chelsea manager

Angelos Anastassopoulos March 1, 2023
Potter gone - Chelsea announces new manager

On the 7th of September, Chelsea replaced Thomas Tuchel with Graham Potter, in the second most expensive managerial transfer of all time. Six months later, the coach who was considered by Chelsea as the next big thing in English football is all but fired and it looks like the club has set its eyes on the next Chelsea manager. There are so many rumours flying around, which means that the safest way to go is by following the next Chelsea manager odds, found on the best betting sites.

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Potter’s (brief) stint at Chelsea

Chelsea’s start of the season looked horrible by the standards the board had set in the summer. Looking back now, and knowing how the Blues have looked since, it is not nearly as bad as it could be. Thomas Tuchel was sacked after two losses and one draw in six Premier League matches and one defeat in the Champions League group stage.

It was that 1-0 loss to Dinamo Zagreb, at the Maximir Stadium (where Chelsea did not play half as badly but were ineffective in front of the goal), that ultimately cost the German his job.

Chelsea co-owner and (then) sporting director Todd Boehly decided he should act fast, as he wanted to sign a manager immediately, without going with the interim solution. So he paid Brighton £15 million to get Graham Potter out of his contract. This is the second most expensive managerial transfer of all time, the first being Julian Nagelsmann’s move from RB Leipzig to Bayern, for £21 million.

Potter was the manager that led Brighton to some of the club’s brightest days, enhanced by the “moneyball” strategy Brighton follows. A strategy that proved right once again, as a possible replacement was already lined up in case it was needed.

Since Chelsea signed Potter, the club has 9 wins, 7 draws, and 10 defeats in 26 games, for a 34.6% win ratio. Roberto De Zerbi’s Brighton have 10 wins, 5 draws, and 6 defeats, recording a 47.6% win ratio.

When Potter took over at Chelsea, the team was in sixth place. Now the Blues are tenth in the Premier League standings, closer to the relegation zone than the Champions League spots. Now the Blues are four points behind Brighton, who also have two games in hand.

Next Chelsea manager rumours

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There are conflicting reports about Potter’s future at the club. There are those who believe that the next two matches, the home games against Leeds United and Borussia Dortmund, will decide whether or not the 47-year-old Englishman will remain at the club. And then there are those who state that the decision has already been made and it is a matter of time before we learn who the next Chelsea manager will be.

The best football betting sites believe Graham Potter is by far the most likely Premier League manager to leave his post before the end of the season, even ahead of David Moyes, whose West Ham United is just two points clear of the relegation zone.

But the bigger question is who the next Chelsea manager will be. There are more than a few names being thrown around. The latest reports say that (interestingly enough) Roberto De Zerbi, the man who replaced Potter at Brighton six months ago is among the top candidates. Once again, the Seagulls have a potential replacement ready in case something like that happens.

The truth is there are other candidates far more likely to be hired ahead of the Italian. Number one is a former London resident, Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentinian, who spent five years at Spurs leading the team to a UEFA Champions League final, is unemployed since he left Paris Saint-Germain (where he replaced Thomas Tuchel) in July.

Then there is Luis Enrique. After four years he left the managerial post of the Spanish national football team and is now a free agent. He is the second most likely according to the betting odds regarding the next Chelsea manager.

In all reality, Chelsea’s main target was someone else. For weeks now it has been reported that the club prioritises Zinedine Zidane’s case. The manager who won three consecutive Champions League trophies with Real Madrid is without a job for nearly two years now. He is, however, notoriously eclectic. He has reportedly rejected a handful of offers during those two years, including one from Paris Saint-Germain and another from Manchester United. He is apparently number one on Chelse’s shortlist, but his reluctance makes him slip in the odds list.

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