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Potter told to ignore ‘ruthless’ Chelsea with change ‘hard to believe’

The Brighton manager has emerged as the club’s leading target to replace Thomas Tuchel, who was sacked by the Boehly-Clearlake Capital ownership at a face-to-face meeting in the hours after a Champions League loss to Dinamo Zagreb.

Chelsea have been granted permission to speak to the 47-year-old and hope to confirm the appointment quickly, though first-team coach Anthony Barry will take first-team training until the new manager is in place.

Potter’s reputation is high after rebuilding Brighton into one of the most attractive teams to watch in the Premier League. This season, they sit fourth, having won four of their opening six games.

Still, Carragher believes the ruthless nature of a club like Chelsea may not be a natural fit for Potter, who has been granted time to work on the south coast.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the pundit said: “It’s a very ruthless club and I’m not sure he is the right 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 or they do things behind the scenes differently

“But if I was Graham Potter, I would find that very hard to believe that they’re going to do things differently.

“They’ve just got rid of a manager six games into the season. Of course, it’s a huge step up in his managerial career and Chelsea are still one of the top clubs.

“They are still world champions right now, but you fear for Graham Potter that he’ll be in the same boat as every other Chelsea manager has for the last 10 years, unless he gets results instantly they’ll be getting themselves another new manager in 12 months.”

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