The Potter's Era Begins. What Next?

If you still think Thomas Tuchel's sacking wasn't pre-planned, then you're more naive than I thought. Even a shabbily run organization doesn't sack a very important member of staff and replace him emphatically in less than 48 hours without prior planning, not to talk of a multi-billion pound football outfit.

Immediately Tuchel was sacked, news outlets announced Graham Potter as the favourite for the vacant post. Not only was it strange, it was surprising. For all the good jobs Potter did at Brighton he is not a world class manager, not yet. So, in a managerial market where the likes of triple Champions League winner, Zidane, and a well respected Pochettino abounds, it is more than surprising that the modest Potter was the instant favourite. Evidently, he has been contacted beforehand.

Brighton made it all the more glaring by endorsing an instant access to their manager. They weren't fazed about losing the dude that gave them stability, no matter the amount of money they stand to gain from the buyout clause in his contract. So, the plan to sack Tuchel has been in the works way before their Champions League defeat.

Now that Potter signed the contract, what next? One thing to note is the assurance Potter will supposedly get, the lengthy five-year contract is proof the board plans to give him time to mould this expensively assembled team to his taste. However, in elite football, length of contract is nothing but blotted ink on a piece of paper. Chelsea are notorious for cutting managers that's not delivering results to their taste. If Potter's Chelsea struggles, the dude will not end this season with them. After all, Moyes' six year contract didn't save him at Man U when his team was fumbling badly.

On the flip side, it gladdens my heart to see one of the top English teams choosing their manager from the lesser known teams in England. In most cases, it's all about going for the 'celebrity managers' with proven track records. Arteta is probably the last person to move from a relatively lesser role to a top team manager in England, even with him he posed less risk due to the experience as a former Arsenal player and Guardiola's right hand man. Frank Lampard did it too, but he is a Chelsea legend and we all know how that ended.

Potter's era has begun, all eyes are on him. Those not convinced he is the right man for the job will wait patiently for an opportunity to rip him apart. At Brighton we rarely hear about him, that is about to change. Now, every one of his moves will be repeatedly scrutinized on national TV. Every negative result will be overanalyzed; heck, some people will even write lengthy articles on his body language and how he does or doesn't fit the job of a top team manager. The heat is well and truly on.

He will do well to quieten the noise and take absolute control of the dressing room. That won't be easy. The real problem with managing a big club is managing the egos in the dressing room. At Brighton, he is bigger than all the players. At Chelsea, most of the players are bigger than him. A lot of them are celebrities in their own right, enjoying more weekly wages than the manager will ever get. We've heard of player power at Chelsea and some other big teams before, it is still well and truly alive. As crazy as it sounds, he just can't get on the bad side of some players, else they will end him.

Luckily enough, the next game is at the relatively modest Fulham. A win in the home of their next door neighbour will go a long way to ease his settling. Anything less than an emphatic win will set the tongues wagging dangerously. He will not get sacked for losing his first game, but he will be setting a trap for himself if it happens that way. Thomas Tuchel is still well loved by Chelsea fans; anything short of the performances that led to European trophies under Tuchel and the fans will quickly turn against Todd Boehly and his anointed manager. I will be watching with keen eyes what this Potter will mould Chelsea into.

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All eyes on him. I hope he has the strength to cope with intense scrutiny because every move, every substitution and every failure would be blown out of proportion because of this giant leap he took. This move was planned before they sacked Tuchel. It's clear now and I feel he needs to start getting results or else he won't last the end of the season too.

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He's took a big risk, Chelsea too. When Moyes was sacked he struggled for a while before getting a West Ham job that helped steady his career. I hope it works for Potter.

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I hope it works for him too because this can make or break him. Lampard is still struggling a little.

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That big leap from the small time to the big time is a huge opportunity. However, it can easily go the other way. I hope it works for him also. If it does, it will create more opportunities at the top for the relatively modest managers.

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I agree. If this works out for him, most teams might start looking at managers with potentials and not just big names.

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That will be good for English managers who are stuck in the midfield of managers. Potter is the only Englishman managing a top European team right now. Lampard was the last to try his luck, and we both know how that ended. They do not have reputation for producing top coaches despite having the most popular league in the world.

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I agree with this. See Gerrard too and I'm surprised he is not being talked about with his poor form as much as Lampard. His team play well but results doesn't do them justice.

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All very true and I do think Potter was better off building with Brighton than risking it all for Chelsea. The one thing on his side is he clearly knows what he is doing and has one of his ex Brighton players in the dressing room with Marc Cucurella. This was clearly a done deal weeks ago and were just waiting to boot Tuchel out.

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Hi sir,
Exactly my thinking,I mean the first sentence of yours. You are building and we can see the engine is firing mich better this season, so why abandon all that?

Well,I'll allow time prove the wisdom behind this choice he has made.

Nice write-up @mckane,as you correctly add up things to make huge sense.

Best regards

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Hi, sir @ogeewitty
At the highest level, time is the enemy of progress. He'll be expected to hit the ground running, he's got little time to turn it around.

He's quite a lucky dude with the postponement of matches, he will have more time to drum his methods into the players' skulls. If he had taken them to Fulham this weekend and got beat, media guys would've feasted on him.

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Oh, I even forgot he masterminded the sale of Cucurella to Chelsea. Well, as humans, we always want to take the next step in our career. However, Brighton to Chelsea is a big leap. The difference in expectations may prove too much for him to handle.

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We all just have to keep our fingers crossed. As much as I think that sacking Tuchel for Potter was a mistake, I'd still give them the benefit of doubt. But the truth is that if Potter fails to win in his first two matches, then that's when the real crisis will start.

It's obvious that Todd just wants to stamp his own authority and imprint on the club/team. Personally, I hope it backfires

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In most cases, it backfires. The English dude will soon be out of his depth. It's easy to celebrate wins as the underdog. Managing Chelsea, he'll be expected to win with dominant display. That's where it becomes tricky.

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However, in elite football, length of contract is nothing but blotted ink on a piece of paper. Chelsea are notorious for cutting managers that's not delivering results to their taste

You are right about that, everyone knows how Chelsea is when it comes to sacking managers, they don't care about the past glory they are all about the present, so I think if Graham Potter does not provide good results the club will definitely cancel his five years contract.

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These days, paying severance clause is no big deal for managers. After all, Chelsea paid Brighton a lump sum to get Potter. They won't mind paying him another just to cut him loose.

I hope he does well, it will lead to more opportunities for less popular managers.

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It must be fairly nerve-wracking going into a club knowing that your profile isn't that high compared to your team. But, hopefully, he gets on alright with them.

Reading from Dreemport!

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Seriously, he will be extremely conscious of his choices and decisions. It will take a while before he feels comfortable out there. If he is unlucky enough to have some difficult guys who will remind him that he is not an elite manager in the dressing room, the move will quickly turn to a nightmare for him.

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Potter has done great, been given a five year contract 🤣🤣🤣
Chelsea finish 8th this season, then what? They honour his contract, nah he just gets a great payoff.
You are right, it was all planned and what was it 100 days after they took over.
Mind you, Tucher had an awful 2022!
Popped in from dreemport today.

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Yeah, those dudes celebrated 100 days of ownership by sacking Tuchel. Coincidence? Definitely not.
As for Potter, I just hope he gets away from that club with an enhanced reputation because he won't stay till the end of his five-year contract. He will either get sacked or resign willingly after encountering a demon in his sleep.😂😂😂

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Good day, yes evidently, neither the fans nor the players are very happy with the new DT, clearly he has a lot of work to do as Chelsea is a great team and has good players and they should be in the top places.

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He has his work cut out for him already. He will be coaching players who have played under the best managers in the world. His tactics will be compared with the likes of Pep, Ancelotti and even the departed Tuchel. If those players feel he is not close to those top managers they will quickly rebel against him. That will put an end to his tenure.

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Yes, obviously, neither the fans nor the players are very happy with the new DT, clearly he has a lot of work to do as Chelsea is a great team and I could see this post thanks to him.

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