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Graham Potter: Real reason Boehly shunned Pochettino as new Chelsea manager

Chelsea, under the leadership of new co-owner, Todd Boehly, opted against appointing former Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino as the Blues’ next new manager amid concerns over his ability to compete at the highest level.

Recall that Boehly sacked Thomas Tuchel from his role as Chelsea manager on Wednesday after their Champions League 1-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb.

The American and his consortium decided to appoint Graham Potter as Chelsea’s new manager on Thursday ahead of Pochettino, who was linked with a move to replace Tuchel at Stamford Bridge.

According to The Times, Boehly felt Pochettino lacked the ability to compete with the likes of Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola.

Boehly settled on Potter, who joined Chelsea from Brighton despite his lack of experience at the elite level of English or European football.

Meanwhile, Pochettino was sacked earlier this summer despite leading PSG to another French Ligue 1 title last season.

The Argentine helped continue PSG’s domestic dominance but failed to conquer Europe after losing to Real Madrid in the Champions League last season.

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