Man Utd ‘twice snubbed Graham Potter appointment’ before Chelsea came calling

Manchester United reportedly snubbed the chance to appoint new Chelsea head coach Graham Potter on two occasions.

Potter left Brighton & Hove Albion for Chelsea this week, signing a five-year deal with the Blues on Thursday. The highly-rated Englishman is believed by owner Todd Boehly to be the perfect man to lead his new-look Chelsea in the aftermath of Thomas Tuchel’s sacking.

But The Athletic report that Potter was not deemed a suitable candidate by Premier League rivals United during their search for a manager. And the Red Devils “declined to hold meaningful conversations” despite his obvious success with Brighton, who he managed for over three years.

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United are understood to have snubbed the 47-year-old for the first time when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked. They went on to appoint Ralf Rangnick in the aftermath rather than bringing in Potter.

And the second time came following Rangnick’s departure at the end of last season when current United boss Erik ten Hag was appointed. That is reportedly due to Potter’s lack of Champions League experience, which Ten Hag has had plenty of with Ajax.

However, that does not appear to faze Chelsea chiefs, who are eying the promising coach as the man to fulfil their long-term vision of the club. And it was reported on Saturday that Potter would be given immunity from a sacking this season even if his side were to miss out on Champions League qualification.

Potter impressively guided Brighton to ninth place last season, as well as top four after six matches this campaign. He will do well to turn the Blues’ season around after their three defeats already, with the latest being a 1-0 howler at Dinamo Zagreb in Europe.


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