Jamie Carragher fears for Graham Potter if he turns into Chelsea’s subsequent head coach following the ‘shock’ sacking of Thomas Tuchel, suggesting Mauricio Pochettino can be his most well-liked option to take cost of Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea sacked Tuchel on Wednesday morning, the day after a conflict 1-0 defeat against Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League and simply six matches within the new Premier League season.
The membership have been cleared by Brighton to talk to Potter, who is predicted to satisfy Todd Boehly on Wednesday afternoon. In addition they wish to converse with former Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino and Zinedine Zidane, each unemployed.
Tuchel was sacked by Boehly in a one-on-one encounter simply three months after finishing his takeover of the membership. Since turning into the brand new proprietor of Chelsea, Boehly has changed director Marina Granovskaia, chairman Bruce Buck and technical and efficiency adviser Petr Cech in a whole overhaul from the Roman Abramovich period.
Reacting to present occasions, sky sports activities Pundit Carragher mentioned: “It was a shock as a result of I simply thought the brand new regime at Chelsea can be completely different to Roman Abramovich. I mentioned a couple of days in the past that if Abramovich was nonetheless in cost you’d be scared for Thomas Tuchel due to what occurred previously with Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte, Carlo Ancelotti – numerous nice managers. However I felt prefer it might have been one other form of regime, so it’s a enormous shock.
“It wasn’t a very good begin, we perceive that, however Chelsea simply felt like a workforce that wanted the switch window to finish, get the workforce they wished after which give a supervisor an opportunity. top quality, definitely over the subsequent few weeks or months to construct some kind of workforce.”
Chelsea invested a Premier League file £273m to revamp Tuchel’s squad this summer time, bringing in Wesley Fofana, Kalidou Koulibaly, Marc Cucurella and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. However Sky Sports activities Information understands Chelsea have been contemplating this transfer for a while and it isn’t a knee-jerk response to Tuesday’s loss to Dinamo Zagreb which co-owners Boehly and Behdad Eghbali each attended.
“We’re speaking about six video games in a season,” Carragher mentioned. “He purchased Aubameyang who made his debut final evening and Fofana performed two video games, so the concept this workforce was put along with some huge cash spent – I perceive that – the strain comes with that and Thomas Tuchel will perceive that. – however he was virtually like a soccer supervisor all through the summer time too.
“He is been closely concerned in recruiting gamers so he undoubtedly ought to have had extra time, even simply the subsequent three video games which takes them to the worldwide break. I do not know what the push was in the mean time. I feel they need to have waited to see if within the subsequent three video games there might have been a slight turnaround and an enchancment in efficiency and outcomes.
“It was a giant shock as a result of I feel it is a new Chelsea workforce and the man who put it collectively – he isn’t a director of soccer – it is the supervisor who put this workforce collectively. with the brand new proprietor, then he ought to have had much more time to get this workforce engaged on the pitch.”
Carragher: Is Potter the fitting individual?
Chelsea at the moment are eager to lure Potter away from Brighton as they search a long-term appointment to take the membership ahead.
They need somebody who’s carefully aligned with their imaginative and prescient for the membership, however Carragher is unconvinced.
“Chelsea are a really ruthless membership and I am undecided Potter is the fitting match,” he mentioned. “Chelsea say they wish to do issues otherwise sooner or later when it comes to having a coach in cost quite than a supervisor, or they do issues otherwise behind the scenes. But when I used to be Potter, I I might discover that very arduous to consider.
“They’ve simply gotten rid of a supervisor six video games into the season. In fact it is an enormous step ahead in his teaching profession and Chelsea are nonetheless top-of-the-line golf equipment. They’re nonetheless world champions proper now, however you worry for Potter that he will probably be in the identical boat as each different Chelsea supervisor for 10 years.
“Until he will get outcomes immediately, they’re going to discover themselves one other new supervisor in 12 months. Perhaps that can change with Potter, but when I used to be him on account of what they did with Tuchel, I might be very suspicious.
“In the end although, he’ll go away Brighton as a result of he did an excellent job there, everybody loves the soccer performed by his workforce.
“I do not assume he can flip down this chance, however I would not fall into the entice of ‘Chelsea are going to do issues otherwise sooner or later’ if that got here up within the talks.
“If I had been a Chelsea fan and also you requested me who I want to see handle my membership, I might select Mauricio Pochettino.”
Evaluation: Tuchel pays the value
Sky Sports activities Adam Smith:
The Blues spent a file £278.4million in the summertime switch window on a number of latest gamers – which put strain on Tuchel from the beginning.
Moreover, query marks have been raised over among the charges paid out of income, with Raheem Sterling arguably the one addition to have a confirmed and sustained Premier League pedigree. The pound is cheaper than prospects Wesley Fofana and Marc Cucurella.
A convincing efficiency in opposition to Tottenham final month earned three factors however sparked a flashpoint between Tuchel and Antonio Conte as the edges performed out a heated 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge, with the German later receiving a ban from sideline for his antics.
A 3-0 loss to Leeds adopted as Jesse Marsch’s males dominated their opponents, and there was one other shock defeat at Southampton per week later.
The Blues ranked third on all key Premier League stats final season, however at the moment common mid-table on those self same metrics this time period – barely for his or her switch cash.
The end in Zagreb dealt the ultimate blow to Tuchel, with the squad – and, extra particularly, the brand new signings and substitutes – producing poor performances in a disastrous begin to Europe’s massive stage.
Who will probably be subsequent for Chelsea?
- Graham Potter (8/13)
- Mauricio Pochettino (9/4)
- Zinedine Zidane (9/2)
- Brendan Rodgers (18/1)
- Zinedine Zidane (8/1)
- Diego Simeone (25/1)
September 10: Fulham (A) – kick off 12:30 p.m.
September 14: Crimson Bull Salzburg (H) – kick off 8 p.m.
September 18: liverpool (H) – kick off 4:30 p.m.
October 1st: crystal palace (A) – kick off 3 p.m.
October 5: AC Milan (H) – kick off 8 p.m.