Forget Graham Potter: The best Chelsea manager has finally been identified by Glen Johnson.
Former Chelsea defender Glen Johnson acknowledged that he thought the club would have hired Mauricio Pochettino after Thomas Tuchel was fired earlier this month.
Chelsea eventually chose Graham Potter to be their new manager, but according to Johnson, Pochettino would have been a better pick and less expensive for Chelsea.
“When Thomas Tuchel was fired, I believed it was inevitable that Chelsea would move for Mauricio Pochettino, but apparently I got it wrong,” Johnson said to Bettingodds.com.
“He would have been the right choice for me. Graham Potter would have been a less expensive option, as some people have claimed, but it doesn’t sound right, does it?
“They had to spend several millions on the compensation in addition to the £10 million wage. You could have hired Pochettino instead of Potter for the same £20 million Chelsea needed to hire him and his backroom team.”
Johnson also expressed his surprise at the new team’s decision to fire Thomas Tuchel at such a crucial time in the season.
Johnson continued, “I was as stunned as everyone to be honest, by Tuchel’s firing. Clearly, the owners had a plan in mind when they purchased the club.
“It was in no way appropriate to fire him. It’s a complete shock because they were making progress and had signed a few players; this might be a choice that comes back to haunt them.
“His share price won’t have changed at all. Anybody would have him on their short list. He wouldn’t necessarily be everyone’s top target, but he’d be mentioned in the discourse. They recently won the Champions League, which was only 18 months ago.”