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Chelsea players left ‘worried’ by Potter sacking after finding out on club website

Chelsea players have been left worried by the sacking of Graham Potter, according to reports.

The Blues took the decision to axe the Englishman with a 2-0 defeat at home to Aston Villa being the final nail in the coffin of the ex-Brighton manager’s six-month tenure in the capital.

Now, it appears that those at the club are concerned about Todd Boehly’s pattern, similar to that of former owner Roman Abramovich.

Potter’s staff, along with Bruno Salter who will temporarily take charge of the London side, have stayed on ahead of their match against Liverpool on Tuesday.

According to The Telegraph, “stunned and worried” players were quick to contact their agents on Sunday when they found out the news that the coach had overstayed his welcome through the club’s official statement.

                             

It has also been revealed by The Athletic that Boehly and co. may have been able to get out of paying a huge sum to the coach after rounds of negotiating on Sunday.

Julian Nagelsmann immediately became the bookies’ favourite after his sacking at Bayern which saw Thomas Tuchel return to Germany to take charge of the Bavarian club.

A Chelsea FC spokesperson said on Sunday: “Chelsea FC has announced that Graham Potter has departed the club. Graham has agreed to collaborate with the Club to facilitate a smooth transition.

“In his time with the club, Graham has taken us to the quarter final of the Champions League, where we will face Real Madrid. Chelsea would like to thank Graham for all his efforts and contribution and wish him well for the future.

“Bruno Saltor will take charge of the team as Interim Head Coach.”

Co-owners Boehly and Eghbali said in a statement: “On behalf of everyone at the club, we want to thank Graham sincerely for his contribution to Chelsea. We have the highest degree of respect for Graham as a coach and as a person. He has always conducted himself with professionalism and integrity and we are all disappointed in this outcome.

“Along with our incredible fans, we will all be getting behind Bruno and the team as we focus on the rest of the season. We have 10 Premier League games remaining and a Champions League quarter final ahead. We will put every effort and commitment into every one of those games so that we can end the season on a high.”

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