Chelsea are looking forward to getting former Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann after sacking Graham Potter.
Chelsea sacked Graham Potter on April 2, 2023, after Todd Boehly lost faith in the manager. The club has already appointed an interim manager, Bruno Saltor.
Chelsea’s owners have been considering Potter’s future after a 2-2 draw against Everton saw them stay in 10th place. However, the final decision was made after Chelsea lost to Aston Villa in the Premier League and got demoted below the mid-table.
The manager thought he was going to be in charge of Chelsea against Liverpool on April 4, 2023, but he got sacked around 8:00 p.m.
It has been reported that Chelsea are working behind the scenes to bring former Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann to Stamford Bridge.
Initial contact has already taken place with Nagelsmann’s representatives.
Chelsea may find it difficult to convince the young manager to join the club just 10 days after he was sacked by Bayern Munich.
Nagelsmann may not be in any rush to go back to his coaching career, even though he is viewed as the strongest candidate ahead of other managers available for the Chelsea job.
Former Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino is also a contender for the Chelsea job. Pochettino has been without a job since he was sacked by Paris Saint-Germain last season.
It may be difficult for Pochettino to accept Chelsea’s job due to his relationship with another London side, Tottenham. There are high chances of the Argentine returning to Tottenham to replace Antonio Conte.
Graham Potter’s Potential New Replacement And Their Stats
1. Julian Nagelsmann
Nagelsmann managed Hoffenheim from 2016–19, RB Leipzig from 2019–21, and Bayern Munich from 2021–23.
Nagelsmann has been in charge of 243 games so far in his football career.
He won one Bundesliga title with Bayern Munich, and his points per game is 1.86.
2. Mauricio Pochettino
Pochettino was the manager of Spanish side Espanyol from 2009–12; he then moved to England to join Southampton from 2013–14; Tottenham got his services from 2014–19, where his biggest achievement was qualifying for the Champions League final.
He joined PSG in 2021 and was sacked in 2022. Pochettino managed 461 matches, with his points per game at 1.67.
The Argentine won the French Ligue 1 in his first season at Paris Saint-Germain and also the French Cup.
3. Luis Enrique
The former Spain manager had managed four different clubs and a national team; he started with Roma (2011–12), Celta Vigo (2013–14), Barcelona (2014–17), and Spain (2018–19, 2019–22).
He was in charge of 190 matches, with two points gathered per game. Enrique won the Champions League, two La Liga titles, and three Copa Del Rey titles with Barcelona.
The Spanish manager is not shy away from taking up the Chelsea job if it comes for him.
4. Zinedane Zidane
The only club he has ever managed is Real Madrid, which happened on two different occasions. He was the manager from 2016–2018 and 2019–21.
He won the Champions League three times and two La Liga titles. Zidane managed 183 matches and scored 2.25 points. However, moving to Chelsea will be unrealistic.
5. Antonio Conte
The former Chelsea manager may be called upon to take over from where Potter leaves off.
He managed Arezzo (2006, 2007), Bari (2007–09), Atalanta (2009–10), Siena (2010–11), Juventus (2011–14), Italy (2014–16), Chelsea (2016–18), Inter Milan (2019–21), and Tottenham (2002–23).
The manager is a serial winner who wants to come back to winning ways. He won the Premier League title and the FA Cup for Chelsea.