World Football

Graham Potter leading race to become next Man United boss if Sir Jim Ratcliffe gets rid of Erik ten Hag

Rajarshi ShuklaRajarshi Shukla

October 22 2023
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Napoli are also looking to appoint Potter as their next head coach

Graham Potter is watching for Napoli to take official action while also listening for a call from Manchester United.

The Serie A champions are interested in speaking with Potter about taking over as their manager; Antonio Conte is another candidate.

Despite a miserable tenure at Chelsea, Potter is still highly appreciated by the Italians for his work at Brighton.

Under the current Italy manager Luciano Spalletti, Napoli won the championship, but under Rudi Garcia, they have struggled.

Yet should the Red Devils’ possible owners opt to fire Erik ten Hag, Potter also presents a potential possibility for United when Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s group assumes leadership.

Sir Dave Brailsford, Ratcliffe’s henchman and the man who will represent the takeover in football, is an admirer of Potter and intends him to play for the French team Nice.

The owner of Ineos, the most wealthy individual in Britain, has consented to a $1.35 billion purchase for a 25% stake in the team.

The 70-year-old still expects to formally come to Old Trafford before the deadline for the January transfer window notwithstanding recent setbacks.

After Sheikh Jassim dropped his buyout proposal, Ratcliffe was the only rival to make a significant investment in the Red Devils. However, if Potter, 48, did enter, it would be viewed as a significant risk.

He managed Swansea and the Seagulls successfully before spending only eight months at Stamford Bridge. Owner Todd Boehly’s infamous spending binges seemed to make his predicament worse.

He also left Chelsea with the smallest points-per-game output of any coach. In total, he dropped 11 of his 31 contests while coaching.

After Chelsea’s 2-0 loss to Aston Villa at home on April 2 of this year, when the Blues were ranked 11th in the Premier League, he was fired.

Potter managed the team for 22 league games, winning seven, drawing seven, and losing eight.

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