Why Chelsea and Todd Boehly decided against appointing Mauricio Pochettino | Football

Chelsea considered appointing Mauricio Pochettino before settling on Graham Potter

Chelsea considered appointing Mauricio Pochettino before settling on Graham Potter (Image: Getty)

Chelsea decided against hiring Mauricio Pochettino as he had concerns about his ability to compete at the highest level.

The 50-year-old was sacked by Paris Saint-Germain earlier in the summer despite guiding the French giants to another Ligue 1 title.

Although the former Spurs manager helped continue PSG’s domestic dominance, failure to conquer Europe after another spectacular implosion, this time against Real Madrid, ultimately cost him his job.

And while he made Tottenham a Premier League title contender and a Champions League regular, according to The Times, there was a feeling he lacked the ability to compete with the likes of Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola.

Todd Boehly and his regime have instead opted for Brighton’s Graham Potter, despite his lack of experience at the elite level of English or European football.

The 47-year-old is set to sign a five-year contract and be confirmed as Tuchel’s successor on Thursday after verbally agreeing to take over earlier after talks with his new employer.

Potter is expected to be in position to referee the Premier League clash between Chelsea and Fulham in Saturday’s early kick-off.

Graham Potter is expected to officiate Chelsea's game against Fulham

Graham Potter is expected to be in charge of Chelsea’s game against Fulham (Image: Getty)

Chelsea have also considered Sporting CP head coach Ruben Amorim.

Speaking to Sky Sports after Tuchel’s departure, Jamie Carragher admits he already ‘fears’ for Potter’s future at Chelsea.

“It’s a very reckless club and I’m not sure [Graham Potter] is the right fit – maybe Chelsea are saying they want to do things differently going forward by having a coach instead of a manager, or they’re doing things differently behind the scenes,” Carragher said.

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.

“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 you worry for Graham Potter that 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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