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Glen Johnson believes Chelsea have appointed the wrong manager (Image: Sky Sports)

Glen Johnson says the decision to sack Thomas Tuchel ‘could fall behind’ Chelsea and claims they appointed the wrong manager in Graham Potter.

Tuchel was sacked as Chelsea boss after his side were beaten by Champions League rivals Dinamo Zagreb in their 100th game.

As well as losing their opener in the Champions League, the Blues were under-challenged domestically, dropping points in half of their league games.

But Tuchel impressed heavily during his time on the Stamford Bridge hot pitch, leading Chelsea to three major trophies, including the Champions League in 2021.

Former Chelsea defender Johnson was “shocked” by Tuchel’s sacking and said he had appointed Mauricio Pochettino as the club’s new manager instead of Potter.

Pochettino has been unemployed since leaving Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last season. Before his stay in the French capital, Pochettino played for Tottenham, Southampton and Espanyol.

Potter, meanwhile, spent three years in Brighton before leaving the south coast to join Chelsea. The Seagulls were fourth in the Premier League when the Englishman left.

Graham Potter has signed a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge

Graham Potter has signed a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge (Image: Getty)

“When Thomas Tuchel was sacked I thought it was obvious Chelsea would switch for Mauricio Pochettino but obviously I was wrong,” Johnson told Bettingodds.com.

“He would have been the man for me. I know some people said going with Graham Potter would have been a cheaper option, but it doesn’t sound like it does it?

“They had to pay many millions in compensation and then pay an annual salary of £10million. You could have saved yourself the £20m Chelsea need to get Potter and his backroom staff and gotten Pochettino instead.”

Commenting on Tuchel’s sacking, Johnson added: “To be honest I was just as shocked as anyone. Obviously the owners had something in mind when they bought the club.

“It didn’t justify any dismissal at all. They’ve made progress and had a few signings so it’s a total shock and it could be a decision that comes back to bite them.

“His stock won’t have fallen at all. He would be on everyone’s shortlist. I’m not necessarily saying that he would be everyone’s number one target, but he would definitely be a talking point. It’s only 18 months since they won the Champions League.”

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In Potter’s first game as Chelsea manager, the Blues drew 1-1 with Red Bull Salzburg.

“We can’t lie, that’s not the position we want to be in,” Potter said. “It’s going to be a tough group but the team and squad have the quality to respond and we have to look forward to these games.”

Chelsea were due to welcome Liverpool to Stamford Bridge this weekend but the Premier League game has been postponed ahead of the Queen’s funeral the next day.

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