Chelsea prepares to fire coach Graham Potter, as Zidane set a target of £45 million for a replacement3 min read
Graham Potter is facing increasing scrutiny following a string of poor Premier League performances.
Chelsea’s leaders are said to have made a substantial offer to Zinedine Zidane as they prepare for life without Graham Potter. The goal of this offer was obvious: get Zidane to sign.
Todd Boehly, the club’s co-owner, claims that if Zidane works as a manager at Stamford Bridge, he could earn more money than any other manager in the world. Boehly hasn’t been shy about spending money since Roman Abramovich gave him the club.
Potter’s west London adventure got off to a good start. He went nine games without a win, but in the Champions League, he defeated AC Milan both at home and away. Even so, when his old team, Brighton, humiliated them, things started to get worse.
Following that, the Blues lost a string of Premier League games until Potter’s team narrowly defeated Crystal Palace on Sunday. The Blues only won once during that time period. Serious concerns have been raised about the 47-year-old man, who was put under a lot more pressure after taking over as manager of the Blues.
It is true that they defeated Crystal Palace thanks to a header from Chelsea’s key player, Kai Havertz, which was the first sign of life in weeks, but concerns about Potter’s safety remain, and sources in Spain say that things are progressing.
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Zidane, Despite the fact that the 50-year-old former manager has not been in charge of a club since 2021, Boehly is said to be willing to pay him more than any other manager in the world.
According to El Chiringuito, Eduardo Inda told El Chiringuito that Zidane had a firm offer from an English club. Particularly from the Chelsea neighborhood. They are considering firing their coach, Potter, because he makes the team look bad.
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According to Diario, a massive £45 million-per-season offer has been made to former Real Madrid coach and serial Champions League winner Zinedine Zidane. The 50-year-old has been out of management since 2021, but Boehly is reportedly willing to make him the world’s highest-paid manager.
“An English team has made a firm offer to Zidane,” Eduardo Inda told El Chiringuito. “In particular, from Chelsea. They have a coach [Potter] who is leading the team down the path of bitterness, and they are considering replacing him.
“Graham Potter’s wager has failed miserably. More than Diego Simeone’s £35.6m gross salary, Zidane’s contract would be the most important for a coach, and the Frenchman would be paid £44.5m gross salary per season.”
Zidane has spent the majority of his managerial career, in various capacities, with Real Madrid. The legendary former France international began as an assistant manager before moving on to the B team and two spells with the first team. Zidane won an unprecedented three consecutive Champions League titles between 2016 and 2018 during his first stint in the full-blooded Los Blancos dugout.
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Potter insists that despite the rumors and poor results, he still has the support of Chelsea’s board.
“I think if you don’t get results, there will always be questions,” he told reporters over the weekend. “I was under pressure from the media after the two defeats before the break.
“However, in terms of the board, I’ve had some success.”
But, in terms of the board, I’ve had complete support, but I’m not naive. If anyone I work for believes that the problem is with me, they have every right to say,
‘Thank you very much, but it’s not working,’ and I accept that.”