If Chelsea fires head coach Graham Potter, it might cost them £50 million, according to reports. In order to quickly replace Thomas Tuchel, the Blues offered the then-Brighton manager a five-year contract in September.
While Potter’s initial nine-match run included six victories and three draws. But the Englishman has been unable to capitalise on what initially appeared to be a brilliant move by the club’s new owners.
Instead, Chelsea now finds themselves in the 10th place in the Premier League standings. Moreover, the Blues are in need of a comeback against Borussia Dortmund to advance to the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
In their last 10 games in all competitions, Chelsea have only scored 4 goals, and they haven’t won in a top-flight encounter since January 15. Potter reportedly has the backing of the club’s board despite the style of play displayed in Tottenham’s 2-0 defeat.
Graham Potter to receive £50 million if Chelsea sacks him this month
According to The Mirror, the Blues hierarchy would have to pay Potter an enormous compensation sum if they decide to alter course. As per the source, Potter will collect somewhere about £50 million if he is let go just six months into a long-term contract.
By the end of the summer, a syndicate led by Todd Boehly also paid more than £20 million to acquire Potter’s services from Brighton.
While Chelsea’s owners have not shied away from spending a lot of money on new players, it is unclear if they would do the same if a manager were to fail to lead the team forward under Potter.
Theoretically, the West Londoners would also have to pay additional fees to hire a new person, if they were working at the time in a different position.
Chelsea now has a nine-point cushion over the relegation zone, but if they lose to Leeds United on Saturday, that cushion might get smaller.
Three days later, Chelsea will play Dortmund in the second leg of their Champions League tie. Potter and his team are becoming more and more aware that winning that competition will likely be necessary to qualify for next year’s event.
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