Graham Potter appears to be on pace to make a speedy return to management after leaving Chelsea. He is currently the favorite to take over OGC Nice as the Head Coach.
Potter is jobless since getting out of the Blues in April. But he is now rumored to be at the top of the Ligue 1 club’s shortlist to replace Didier Digard.
L’Equipe reports that discussions have already taken place on Potter’s interest in the position and the unanimous support of Nice’s board members.
According to reports, Dave Brailsford, director of sport at INEOS, favors the former Brighton manager above other candidates because he wants to appoint a manager from the United Kingdom to the Cote d’Azur club.
Thiago Motta, the manager of Serie A club Bologna, is the candidate chosen by Jean-Claude Blanc. Blanc is the chief executive of INEOS sport, to succeed Digard. However, because Potter is also vying to succeed Christophe Galtier should the former Nice manager receive his dismissal in the French capital, Potter may have the upper hand.
Graham Potter: The NEXT OGC NICE’s COACH?
Potter is reportedly the favorite, but Get French football news says that the club’s INEOS ownership’s attempt to acquire Manchester United is impeding any prospective appointment of Potter.
Sir Jim Ratcliffe, a British billionaire whose business INEOS took over Nice in 2019, is vying with Sheikh Jassim of Qatar for ownership of Man United, with Ratcliffe reportedly holding the initiative.
Potter will likely sit on the sidelines once more. But Nice’s captain has warned anybody hoping to work with Ratcliffe to be very careful.
Nice captain Dante sent a stern warning to United by openly criticizing the club’s administration, which includes Ratcliffe.
They’ve had five managers in four seasons and are presently tenth in Ligue 1 following a difficult season.
Dante, the club captain, has now lashed out at Ratcliffe and the Nice hierarchy, telling L’Equipe: ‘I think at some point you have to be explicit in what you’re saying.
‘Do you recall how many players came in at the conclusion of last summer’s transfer window?’ Dante went on. ‘Six went, six came. It’s difficult in these circumstances. Simply said, we must not repeat the same mistakes.’
‘If someone wants my advice, the sooner we organize ourselves, the better. If we want to get higher, we must plan ahead of time and implement the organization’s ideals.
‘When the coach [Lucien Favre] arrived, we said we’d always be in the Champions League in two years. That is not how it works. Ligue 1 is quite challenging.