Carragher warns Graham Potter to ‘be very wary’ of taking job at ‘ruthless’ Chelsea

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Jamie Carragher before a Sky Sports broadcast Credit: PA Images
Jamie Carragher before a Sky Sports broadcast Credit: PA Images

Jamie Carragher believes Brighton boss Graham Potter is destined to move on to bigger and better things but says taking the Chelsea job could be a risk.

The Chelsea job is up for grabs after Thomas Tuchel was sacked on Wednesday morning.

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Potter has been linked with the vacant position, as has former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino.

It has been reported the Blues will have to pay Brighton between £10million-£25million in order complete the appointment of Potter.

Chelsea are hoping to bring in a new manager as soon as possible with Saturday’s trip to Fulham just around the corner.

The sacking of Tuchel has been greeted with contrasting opinions around the football world.

Some see the decision made by Todd Boehly as harsh given the fact Tuchel led the Blues to Champions League glory in 2021.

Furthermore, the Blues reached the FA Cup final in 2021 and 2022, as well as the Carabao Cup final last term.

However, the German’s relationship with the new hierarchy was not the best and the club’s form this year has been very subpar.

After the announcement from the Blues, former Liverpool defender Carragher has said Chelsea are “very ruthless”.

The Blues had a reputation for sacking managers during the Roman Abramovich era, and following the news of Tuchel’s sacking, Carragher joked on Twitter that the Russian billionaire is still “pulling the strings” at the club.

Such is the nature of Tuchel’s dismissal, Carragher says he ‘fears’ for Potter if he does decide to take the Stamford Bridge job.

“It’s a very ruthless club, Chelsea,” he told Sky Sports. “I’m not sure if he is the exact fit. Maybe Chelsea are saying they want to do things differently in the future in terms of having a coach in charge rather than a manager.

“If I was Graham Potter I’d find that very hard to believe in the talks I was having with the new ownership at Chelsea.

“He’s going to be there for two or three years because they have just got rid of a manager within six games.

“Of course, it’s a huge step up and at some stage in his managerial career he will want to manage at the top and Chelsea are one of the top clubs.

“They are still world champions right now.

“You fear for Graham Potter that he will be in the same boat as every other Chelsea manager for the last ten years unless he gets results instantly.”

Asked if it is a good fit for him to move to Chelsea, Carragher replied: “When they change managers they always seem to get success so it was always difficult to criticise them.

“In the Abramovich era they were very ruthless with managers.

“Maybe that will change with Potter.

“As I said, if I was Graham Potter, on the back of what they have done with Thomas Tuchel I’d be very wary of that; getting promised in the talks he has with the club.

“Sooner or later Graham Potter will move on from Brighton. He’s done a brilliant job there. Everyone loves his team, the football they play. It will be interesting if he can get those ideas across to a Chelsea team if he does take the job.”

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