Graham Potter should not be first choice as Chelsea manager, says Jamie Carragher | Football


Mauricio Pochettino is unemployed after leaving PSG at the end of last season (Image: Getty Images)

Jamie Carragher says he would want Mauricio Pochettino as Chelsea’s new manager if he were a fan of the club as the Blues look to name Graham Potter as their next boss.

Thomas Tuchel was surprisingly sacked as Chelsea manager by the club’s relatively new owners on Wednesday morning.

It’s been a disappointing start to the season under the German, with Chelsea losing three of their seven games so far, but it seems the owner doesn’t see Tuchel as the right partner to structure the club’s results.

The Blues were quick to reschedule and have already been given permission to speak to Brighton boss Graham Potter.

However, Carragher says it’s not the Englishman but former Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain boss Pochettino who he thinks is the best option.

“There is no doubt that he is one of England’s best coaches because there aren’t too many English coaches in the Premier League,” Carragher told Sky Sports.

“If you look at the job Graham Potter is doing right now, you think Pochettino is unemployed and maybe easier to get into the club.

“If you were to ask me if I was a Chelsea supporter that I would love to run my club, I would choose Pochettino.”

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Graham Potter is Chelsea’s first choice to replace Thomas Tuchel (Image: Getty Images)

Carragher has warned Potter that he may be promised an extended stay at Stamford Bridge to build a project, but history shows he should be careful with those words.

“It’s a very ruthless club and I’m not sure he’s the right one – maybe Chelsea are saying they want to do things differently going forward by having a manager in charge instead of a manager, or they’re doing things behind them Different sets,’ said Potter.

“But if I were Graham Potter, I would find it very difficult to believe that they will do things differently.

“They just got rid of a manager six games into the season. Of course it’s a big step up in his managerial career and Chelsea are still one of the top clubs.

“They’re still world champions at the moment but they worry for Graham Potter he’ll be in the same boat as every other Chelsea manager for the last 10 years, if he doesn’t get results straight away they’ll get another new manager in 12 months.’

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