Danny Murphy believes Graham Potter can win trophies at Stamford Bridge but has revealed the new Chelsea manager’s “biggest challenge” after joining from Brighton.
Highly rated England manager Potter was unveiled as Chelsea manager on Thursday, shortly after Thomas Tuchel’s sacking which raised eyebrows.
The Blues have won only half of their Premier League games this season and suffered a 1-0 defeat at Champions League rivals Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday.
Tuchel leaves west London with Chelsea sixth in the Premier League, with Potter now the man responsible for taking the club to the top.
Potter had an excellent time at Brighton – the Seagulls are currently fourth in the English top flight – and former England midfielder Murphy believes he can continue to impress at Stamford Bridge.
But Murphy insists it will be a “challenge” for Potter to come to terms with the “egos” of Chelsea’s “star players” and says he needs to be “strong” as he begins his tenure in the capital.
“My first reaction to Chelsea’s sacking of Thomas Tuchel was that it was too hasty – he’s an intelligent football manager who has behaved well and won the Champions League,” Murphy told the Daily Mail.
“But if new owner Todd Boehly has a different idea of how the club should be run, it’s best to make the change quickly.
“Based on Boehly’s time with the Los Angeles Dodgers, stability will be important to him. He’s had the same manager in America for seven years and long-term deals already signed to the likes of Reece James suggest a long-term plan.
“So Graham Potter knows he has a good chance and I’m delighted that the job has gone to an English manager – one with broad horizons who has also worked abroad.
“Since Harry Redknapp with Portsmouth in 2008, no English manager has won a major trophy, for far too long, but Potter has the coaching skills and squad of players to end that run and bring silverware to Stamford Bridge.
“Funnily enough, I think it will be relatively easy to transfer the tactical knowledge he showed us at Brighton and he has the humility and calm that will bring some stability to Chelsea.
“The hard part is going to be dealing with the egos of those star players knocking on his door asking why they’re not on the team.
“That will be his biggest challenge and something he will have to learn quickly. I know from Liverpool compared to clubs like Charlton and Fulham that the status of the players can be so different. The manager needs to communicate and have those strong conversations.
“Most Chelsea boys are internationals with a lot of trophies on their CVs. It will be more challenging to explain the situation to them than it would have been to a dissatisfied player at Östersunds, Swansea or Brighton.
“Potter will be fine on the training ground – his Brighton team have played good football but his teams have also shown a variety in their game depending on the competition.”
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