After a tumultuous seven months in charge plagued by unfavourable results, Chelsea have fired Graham Potter as their head coach.
His sacking is coming a day after the shocking two-nil defeat to Aston Villa. The defeat at home to Aston Villa left the Blues 11th in the Premier League table, 12 points behind fourth-placed Manchester United. During the Stamford Bridge defeat, a section of Chelsea supporters sang: “you don’t know what you’re doing” at Potter.
Potter was appointed on September 8 on a five-year deal, but has left the club just seven months into that contract, after winning seven of his 22 Premier League games in charge.
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According to Chelsea, Potter ‘has agreed to collaborate with the Club to facilitate a smooth transition.’
Former Brighton defender Bruno Saltor has been appointed as interim head coach, with his first game coming at home to Liverpool on Tuesday, live on Sky Sports.
But Julian Nagelsmann, sacked a week ago as Bayern Munich boss, has already emerged as a frontrunner to be Potter’s long-term successor.
“I feel for Graham Potter, but it was inevitable,” summarised Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher. “You don’t change Tomas Tuchel for Potter. Ridiculous decision to start with.”