‘Those supporters are brought up on a culture of winning trophies’: Jamie Carragher says Todd Boehly didn’t understand Chelsea’s ‘ruthless’ culture when he appointed Graham Potter
- Jamie Carragher has ranted at Todd Boehly for his actions as Chelsea owner
- Chelsea made the decision to fire Graham Potter as manager on Sunday
- Carragher insisted that Potter should never have been appointed by the club
Jamie Carragher believes that Graham Potter should never have been appointed as Chelsea boss and has slammed owner Todd Boehly for not understanding what his own supporters want.
The former Liverpool defender insisted that Chelsea supporters were used to a hire-and-fire culture that delivered Premier League, domestic cup, and European success during the Roman Abramovich era.
Chelsea made the decision to fire Potter as first-team manager on Sunday and Carragher highlighted how the Stamford Bridge outfit were ‘too ruthless’ a club for Potter to survive at.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Carragher said’I look at who they had in charge, (Thomas) Tuchel was one of best in European football, you don’t sack him and go to Potter, I’m trying to not be disrespectful.
‘There was issues behind the scenes I get that, but he should have stuck with him (Tuchel).
Graham Potter should never been appointed Chelsea boss according to Jamie Carragher
Todd Boehly (R) made the decision to hire Potter (centre) to replace Thomas Tuchel
Potter lost his job on Sunday as Chelsea slipped to 11th in the Premier League standings
‘The reason I never thought it was a good fit is because Chelsea alongside Madrid are the most ruthless in how they deal with managers. It’s ok Todd Boehly coming in and saying “we are going to do it different”, I don’t care what he says.
‘Those supporters for the last 20 years are brought up on a culture of winning trophies and getting Champions League winning managers every two or three years.
‘They are saying to Potter you don’t know what you are doing, that’s why he has gone, it doesn’t matter what the owner says, they have been brought up on that,’ added Carragher.
‘The appointment was wrong straightaway, I’m not saying he (Potter) can’t manage a big club but it is too ruthless at that club, the reason I actually thought it was right thing to do is because we say he wasn’t given time, I get that but without a big CV you have to hit the ground running.
‘We had Rafa Benitez at Liverpool, we won the Champions League at end of season but that season was very up and down, but as a supporter, you are thinking this guy won two LaLiga’s he knows what he is doing.
‘Potter didn’t have that and had to be right out the traps, I think it was the right decision (to sack him), the worst thing that can ever happen to a club is if you’re not sure of manager, you give him till the end of the season and then a preseason, he loses a few and then you sack him and are chasing your tail again.
Chelsea owner Boehly will now start his search for a replacement manager after firing Potter
Carragher does however believe that Boehly made the correct decision in firing Potter
‘I agree with what he said about Todd Boehly, I have been very critical of him, but I think this is the first decision he has got right,’ he added.
Carragher’s comments come as Chelsea now begin their embarrassing search for a third manager of the season after slipping to 11th in the Premier League standings.
Former title-winning captain John Terry has put himself in the frame to join a new coaching set-up at his old club as he eyes a return to Stamford Bridge.
Miserable Chelsea stars arrived for training at their Cobham base on Monday after being left shocked at the news that their previous chief had been given his marching orders.
Boehly will be hoping that his cut-throat decision reaps immediate rewards when Chelsea host a similarly-struggling Liverpool side on Tuesday.