Chelsea reportedly want Graham Potter to be their next manager.
Todd Boehly fired Thomas Tuchel today.
The 49-year-old German head coach won the Champions League at Chelsea. But after failing to incorporate Romelu Lukaku last season and starting this season poorly, Tuchel departs prematurely. He leaves a squad that has bene bolstered by more than £200 million worth of investments.
Chelsea should be an attractive job. The talent there is largely very impressive. The only real problem is upfront where they're relying on Pierre Emerick Aubameyang to score goals.
Graham Potter is a good manager who has built and rebuilt Brighton to become one of the best teams in the league. But Brighton can only go so far. They have limited cash reserves and their best players get poached by bigger teams.
In recent years, they've lost Marc Cucurella, Yves Bissouma, Ben White and Dan Burn.
Potter will have a bigger budget at Chelsea. He will be able to build a team capable of competing in the Champions League, whereas Brighton would be delighted just to challenge for a Champions League place. So it's a different level for the English manager.
But at 47 years of age, he doesn't need to rush. Potter can wait and pick a potentially better job than Chelsea.
Kenny Cunningham suggested that Potter would be Pep Guardiola's best heir if he stays at Brighton for a few more seasons.
"It wouldn't be the worst advice in the world to maybe take a step back," Cunningham said.
"Stay where you are, continue your development. Continuously set the standards that you have at Brighton. Maybe a job of a similar stature will come up in the next two to three years, maybe even the biggest one of all, I'd suggest even Manchester City."
Cunningham suggests that Potter would be very high on Guardiola's list of his suggested replacements.
Guardiola typically doesn't stay in jobs for a long time, so you can understand Cunningham's perspective. But for Potter to turn down the Chelsea job, he is then taking a risk of Brighton falling off and him becoming a less favourable hire.
It's a risk-reward balance that only exists because of the apparent tumult at Chelsea.
Potter has a difficult decision to make.
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