Who Is In The Frame To Replace Graham Potter At Chelsea?

The English coach was sacked on Sunday evening after Chelsea lost 2-0 to Aston Villa
11:00, 03 Apr 2023

It has finally happened. Chelsea pulled the plug on Graham Potter’s time as manager this weekend after less than seven months following his side’s 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Saturday.

Potter joined the Blues from Brighton & Hove Albion to replace Thomas Tuchel in September and the Blues have continually struggled in the Premier League as they sit in 11th, 12 points adrift of the top four. Chelsea co-owner is now looking for the third coach of his short reign in charge of the Blues and here are the favourites via Betfred.

Julian Nagelsmann - 4/11

Julian Nagelsmann was swiftly sacked by Bayern Munich a week ago and instantly replaced by former Blues boss Tuchel. He left Bayern second in the Bundesliga, just one point behind leaders Borussia Dortmund and had navigated them to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. At 35 years of age he is one of the youngest managers on the scene and has built up a strong reputation from his time at Bayern and RB Leipzig. Nagelsmann will undoubtedly want a role that offers him security and time to build and that doesn’t look like Chelsea right now.


Bruno Saltor Grau - 4/1

Bruno Saltor Grau was a valued member of Graham Potter’s coaching staff and followed the Englishman from Brighton. The Spaniard has been named as Chelsea’s interim head coach for the foreseeable future but it is unlikely that he will be entrusted the position full time.

Brendan Rodgers - 13/2

Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers is currently available after he was relieved of his duties at Leicester City just hours before Potter was sacked by Chelsea. Rodgers was not only able to deliver the Foxes European football but also their first FA Cup title, in which they beat the Blues in the final. He has a decent track record in the Premier League but he may not be classed as an attractive profile for both Boehly and the fans.

Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers

Luis Enrique - 10/1

Former Barcelona and Spain boss Luis Enrique is currently available after leaving La Roja following their premature World Cup exit against Morocco last year. He has title-winning experience including a treble with Barca back in 2014-15, and he will likely need to deliver instant success should he be named as the new Chelsea boss. Enrique is a coach that likes his players to be attack-minded and everyone knows that the Blues are crying out for more from their attacking players right now.

Mauricio Pochettino - 12/1

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has been out of work since leaving Paris Saint-Germain last summer. The Argentine built up a strong reputation with Spurs and was renowned for his development of young players and building a strong team spirit. He would likely need time at Stamford Bridge but Boehly is already showing that his promises aren’t always kept.

Zinedine Zidane - 12/1

Former Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane has been out of work since leaving Los Blancos in 2021 and he has made it clear that he will be very selective about his next role in football. It would be easy to understand why he would be targeted by Chelsea because he delivered three consecutive Champions League titles with Real Madrid between 2016-18. The only drawback to his appointment would be that things can quickly turn sour for him and he has publicly fallen out with his players, notoriously Gareth Bale.

Rest of the market:

Roberto De Zerbi 14/1

Diego Simeone 16/1

Jose Mourinho 16/1

Thomas Frank 16/1

John Terry 20/1

Ruben Amorim 20/1

Frank Lampard 25/1

Hansi Flick 28/1

Rafael Benitez 33/1

Thomas Tuchel 33/1

Carlo Ancelotti 33/1

Ange Postecoglou 50/1

Marcelo Gallardo 50/1

Marcelo Bielsa 66/1

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