Chelsea players are reportedly worried after finding out Graham Potter had been given the boot on Sunday at the same time as everyone else, with some having joined under the former Brighton boss
The west London side took the decision to axe the Englishman with a 2-0 loss at home to Aston Villa being the final nail in the coffin of the ex-Brighton coach’s six-month tenure in the capital. Now, it appears that those at the club are concerned about Todd Boehly’s style, similar to that of former owner and Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich.
Potter’s staff, along with Bruno Salter who will temporarily take charge of the club, have stayed on ahead of their game against Liverpool on Tuesday. According to The Telegraph, “stunned and worried” players were quick to contact their agents on Sunday evening when they found out the news that the 47-year-old had overstayed his welcome through the club’s official statement.
It has also been revealed by a report in The Athletic that Boehly and co. may have been able to get out of paying a mammoth sum to the departing coach after rounds of negotiating on Sunday afternoon.
The hunt is now on for the club’s hierarchy to secure a third permanent manager of the season, with just 10 league games remaining to secure European football at Stamford Bridge for next
Julian Nagelsmann immediately became the bookies’ favourite following his sacking at Bayern Munich which saw ex-Blues boss Thomas Tuchel return to Germany to take charge of the Bavarian giants.
A Chelsea FC spokesperson said on Sunday night: “Chelsea FC has announced that Graham Potter has departed the club. Graham has agreed to collaborate with the Club to facilitate a smooth transition.
“In his time with the club, Graham has taken us to the quarter final of the Champions League, where we will face Real Madrid. Chelsea would like to thank Graham for all his efforts and contribution and wish him well for the future.
“Bruno Saltor will take charge of the team as Interim Head Coach.”
Co-owners Boehly and Eghbali said in a statement: “On behalf of everyone at the club, we want to thank Graham sincerely for his contribution to Chelsea. We have the highest degree of respect for Graham as a coach and as a person. He has always conducted himself with professionalism and integrity and we are all disappointed in this outcome.
“Along with our incredible fans, we will all be getting behind Bruno and the team as we focus on the rest of the season. We have 10 Premier League games remaining and a Champions League quarter final ahead. We will put every effort and commitment into every one of those games so that we can end the season on a high.”