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Potter cost Chelsea a fortune – Enrique and Nagelsmann are the frontrunners

John Sampson April 3, 2023
Potter cost Chelsea a fortune - Enrique and Nagelsmann are the frontrunners

Losing to Unai Emery’s Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge was the last straw on Todd Boehly’s mind, who decided to sack the British head coach after just seven months in charge. Potter left Chelsea 11th in the Premier League table, 12 points behind fourth-placed Manchester United, winning only seven of his Premier League games.

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These results transformed him into the worst manager for Chelsea in Premier League history, costing the team far too much. It is estimated that Chelsea paid 21.5 million pounds to Brighton to get his signature, a world-record compensation fee for a head coach. This means that he cost 3.1 million pounds per Premier League win. The January transfer window boost was not enough. Boehly took the chance to spend a wide amount of money on new signings, such as Enzo Fernandez, Mikhailo Mudryk and Joao Felix, but Potter was more than unable to keep the team on track. Adding all this cash to the conversation, we can agree that Chelsea invested much in Potter’s future, without a single positive result (maybe Chelsea beating Dortmund was the sole success).

The Blues managed to avoid the 50 million pounds payout which was included in Potter’s recent five-year contract, as both sides agreed to a “smooth transition” as the West London side will pay a normal severance package.

Potter’s replacement

Luis Enrique is already in London to discuss all the parameters of a potential deal. He stated that he would love to return to club football and a Premier League chance would be ideal. He explained his high-intensity and high-pressing ideas, which fit to all the new blood of the team. English was a serious before, but the Spanish coach working on his language skills.

Julian Nagelsmann has been sacked from Bayern Munich recently, being replaced by Chelsea’s previous head coach, Thomas Tuchel. Nagelsmann is already seriously linked to a Tottenham move as a permanent solution, starting in the summer. He stated though that it may be better for him to sit and relax for a short amount of time.

Next on the rumours line is Bruno Saltor, Potter’s coach with no managerial experience whatsoever. He will be Chelsea’s interim coach until the end of the season, having the chance to capitalise on the opportunity ahead.

Brendan Rodgers is also on the frontrunners list, having no job for a couple of days. Leicester is still in danger, so the board decided to give him the boot. His success though is undeniable, winning the FA Cup against Chelsea in 2021.

Mauricio Pocchetino and Zinedine Zidane are unemployed for quite some time now, so the news is spreading fast. The first one will have to choose between Chelsea and Tottenham in the summer, while Zidane is always linked with a Real Madrid job, especially if Carlo Ancelotti take charge as the Brazil national team head coach.

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Potter cost Chelsea a fortune

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