Former Chelsea midfielder explains why Graham Potter appointment is a big gamble

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Thomas Tuchel was sacked from his job as Chelsea manager on Wednesday morning, and Graham Potter was appointed on Wednesday afternoon.

It was a swift change from the new Chelsea owners who are set to mark their authority on the club.

Tuchel came to Stamford Bridge with a huge reputation and ended up winning the Champions League, while Potter makes the switch as a promising manager.

The new Chelsea owners have massively backed Potter and have even handed him a five-year contract with massive wages.

Former Chelsea midfielder Emmanuel Petit has said that the signing is a big gamble, as Potter does not have the experience in managing big egos at a big club.

“Graham Potter, if appointed as looks likely, would be a gamble for Chelsea,” Petit told Lord Ping.

“I have big respect for the work Potter has done at Brighton; the team has improved so much but Chelsea is a new world for him, it’s completely different. The standards and egos of the players are not the same.

“I hope he will succeed, but it’s a big gamble. I have no idea how the players will react to his appointment but I can imagine some will be happy and some will be unhappy.

“I know Pochettino has been linked with the job too but he spent so many years with Tottenham and he may have the failures with PSG in his head – if he goes to Chelsea it will be funny because he would’ve followed Tuchel to PSG and then Chelsea.

“Mason Mount is nowhere near the level he needs to be at – Chelsea need to sort dressing room egos before they fix performances on the pitch. They have so many players, like Mason Mount, who are so far away from the level they need to be at.

“Something is broken at Chelsea and I hope with a new manager that things will change, but it will take time. Before sorting their performances out on the pitch, they need to sort out the dressing room first.”