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Graham Potter told why he should snub ‘snake pit’ Chelsea job with key transfer now making zero sense after Tuchel sack

Brighton manager Graham Potter

Graham Potter has been told he should be wary of taking the Chelsea job following the sacking of Thomas Tuchel, with one pundit also questioning why Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was signed.

Chelsea confirmed they had relieved Tuchel of his duties on Wednesday morning. The German’s reign came to an end at the 100-match mark, though his tenure ended with three straight away defeats.

The latest came at the hands of Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia on Tuesday evening. However, the Telegraph stressed the poor start to the season wasn’t the only reason why Tuchel was axed.

Graham Potter was named by journalist Matt Law as the early frontrunner for the vacant post. The Englishman is highly regarded for the wonders he has worked on the south coast and is viewed by many as a top six manager in waiting.

The Telegraph also namechecked Zinedine Zidane, Mauricio Pochettino and Benfica’s Roger Schmidt as potential candidates for the role. First-team coach Anthony Barry will take charge in the meantime.

Chelsea are expected to begin making contact with contenders immediately. Spanish reporter Guillem Balague tweeted Chelsea have asked to speak with Potter who can reportedly be bought out of his Brighton contract for £16m.

Reaction to Tuchel’s sacking has predictably come thick and fast. One of the first to weigh in with their opinion was former England international, Danny Mills.

The ex-Leeds Utd right-back spoke to Sky Sports News and fired a warning to would-be Blues boss Potter.

Mills also called into question the decision to bring Aubameyang back to England. The 33-year-old was understood to have been signed at the behest of Tuchel who brought out the best in him in Dortmund.

However, with Tuchel now gone, the next manager may have a Cristiano Ronaldo-type situation on their hands given Aubameyang is a high earner, is well into his thirties, and offers nothing defensively.

Should Graham Potter snub Chelsea?

A bemused Mills said: “I think it is a knee-jerk reaction, why would you let Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang come in?

“Aubameyang’s interviews are all about coming to play for Thomas Tuchel. That’s what he wanted to do because they had a relationship. He understands him.

“If I was Graham Potter, and I know he is a very good manager, I’d be a little bit wary, at the moment, of going into that.

“It’s very difficult to turn down because Chelsea is a massive football club. It’s a huge step up in terms of where you could go, playing Champions league football and all those types of things. We understand that.

“But it seems to be a little bit of a snake pit at Chelsea. With all those new players coming in, lots of different opinions and the ownership structure. We don’t quite know who is in charge.”

Why was Tuchel sacked?

Balague added the new Blues ownership wanted to get rid of ‘anything Abramovich’. Given Tuchel was a holdover from the last regime, he was always likely to be on a short leash.

There have also been suggestions Tuchel’s relationship with Todd Boehly soured upon disagreeing over the idea of signing Ronaldo.

Tuchel was hesitant to add the 37-year-old to his ranks, fearing he’d present the same issues to his system as Romelu Lukaku did. Boehly, meanwhile, was reportedly open to the superstar acquisition.

Regardless, Tuchel’s reign at Stamford Bridge ends at the 100-match mark and he leaves with a 60 percent win-rate.

While that sounds impressive, it is actually below the figures posted by Carlo Ancelotti (61%), Maurizio Sarri (62%), Antonio Conte (65%), Avram Grant (67%), and Jose Mourinho’s first spell (70%).

Guus Hiddink holds a 73 percent win-rate, though only took charge of 22 matches in 2019.