Gary Neville has given his view on Graham Potter’s time at Chelsea.
Manchester United icon Gary Neville has claimed that Graham Potter may have asked Chelsea to sack him after the former Brighton boss was dismissed from his position on Sunday. A 2-0 defeat at home to Aston Villa sealed his fate, with Julian Naglesmann the current favorite to replace Potter after his seven-month reign came to an end.
Neville and Jamie Carragher discussed Potter’s tenure at Stamford Bridge on Monday Night Football, as the Liverpool icon claimed that Todd Boehly made his first good decision since arriving at the club.
However, Neville believes that Potter was not enjoying his time at the club and may have asked chief Paul Winstanley to sack him. “I don’t think he was enjoying it,” Neville told Sky Sports. “Bet he thought it was mad.”
Neville added that due to Potter’s previous relationship with Winstanley at Brighton, he might have asked his colleague to be dismissed. And the ex-United defender insisted that Mauricio Pochettino should be named as Potter’s replacement.
“Graham Potter is a good man,” Neville said. “I reckon when we will have gone home I bet there is an element of relief. I don’t think he was enjoying it there, I bet he will have thought it was mad. What he has been used to in terms of what his view of football is, he will have seen what is going on behind the scenes – they lost Petr Cech and Marina Granovskaia at the start of the season, that wasn’t planned.
“They lost [Thomas] Tuchel, that wasn’t planned. He has come into a club that is in massive transition, they have paid millions of pounds, and they don’t know what they are doing to be fair they are learning on the job. He’ll probably think ‘These lots are mad’, and I suspect that Graham Potter has gone to Winstanley and said: ‘Get me out of here’.”
While the likes of Nagelsmann, Luis Enrique, and Roberto De Zerbi are among the options mentioned for replacing Potter, Neville believes that Pochettino would be the right man to take over.
“Everything Chelsea is saying and Boehly is saying is that they have spent £600million and they have done their spending apart from a center-forward for the next three years,” Neville added.
“If they sign [Zinedine] Zidane, [Diego] Simeone, Enrique, they are going to want another £300m because they won’t like some of the players they have signed. They have got to appoint a manager that is going to inherit and like the squad they have already got. I think that man because a lot of them are young is Pochettino.”