Glen Johnson reveals who Chelsea should have appointed instead of Graham Potter


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

    Glen Johnson says the decision to sack Thomas Tuchel ‘could come back to bite’ 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 his 100th match in charge.

    As well as losing their Champions League opener, the Blues had also underwhelmed domestically, dropping points in half of their league matches.

    But Tuchel largely impressed during his spell in the Stamford Bridge hot-seat, guiding Chelsea to three major trophies, including the Champions League in 2021.

    Former Chelsea defender Johnson was ‘shocked’ by Tuchel’s dismissal and says he would have appointed Mauricio Pochettino as the club’s new manager instead of Potter.

    Pochettino has been out of work since leaving Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last season. Before his spell in the French capital, Pochettino enjoyed spells at Tottenham, Southampton and Espanyol.

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

    Graham Potter has signed a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge
    Graham Potter has signed a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge (Picture: Getty)

    ‘When Thomas Tuchel was sacked I thought it was obvious that Chelsea would move for Mauricio Pochettino, but obviously I got it wrong,’ Johnson told Bettingodds.com.

    ‘He would have been the man for me. I know some people were saying it would have been a cheaper option to go for Graham Potter, but it doesn’t sound that way does it?

    ‘They’ve had to pay many millions for the compensation and then pay a £10 million-a-year salary. You could have saved the £20 million it’s taken for Chelsea to get Potter and his backroom staff and got Pochettino instead.’

    On Tuchel’s sacking, Johnson added: ‘I was as shocked as anybody to be honest. Obviously the owners had something in their mind whilst they were buying the club.

    ‘It didn’t warrant a sacking at all. They were making progress and had made 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 dropped at all. He would be on anybody’s shortlist. I’m not necessarily saying he would be everybody’s number one target, but he’d definitely be in the conversation. It was only 18 months ago when they won the Champions League.’

    In Potter’s first game as Chelsea manager, the Blues were held to a 1-1 draw by Red Bull Salzburg.

    ‘We can’t lie, it’s not the position we want to be in,’ Potter said. ‘It will be a tough group but there is enough quality in the team and the squad to respond and we have to look forward to those games.’

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

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