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Gary Neville tells Chelsea who they should appoint to replace Graham Potter, fans aren't happy with his pick

Rory O'Callaghan

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Gary Neville tells Chelsea who they should appoint to replace Graham Potter, fans aren't happy with his pick

Gary Neville has had his say on who Chelsea should appoint as Graham Potter's replacement at Stamford Bridge.

Potter was sacked by the Blues on Sunday following their shock 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa.

The former Brighton boss was dismissed after just seven months in the role, with the club languishing down in 11th in the Premier League.

His departure leaves club owner Todd Boehly searching for a third permanent manager since his consortium completed its takeover of the club last year.

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Speaking on Monday Night Football ahead of Everton's match against Tottenham, Sky Sports pundit Neville backed former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino for the vacancy at Stamford Bridge.

"Everything Boehly is saying is that they have done their spending," said Neville.

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"They have spent £600m and they have done their spending apart from a centre-forward for the next three years.

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"If they sign [Zinedine] Zidane, [Diego] Simeone, or [Luis] Enrique they are going to want another £300m because they won’t like some of the players they have signed.

"They have got to appoint a manager who is going to inherit and like the squad that they have.

"I think that man, because of a lot of them are young, is Pochettino."

Pochettino has been without a role since he was sacked by Paris Saint-Germain last summer after just 18 months in charge of the French club.

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He was strongly linked with the Manchester United job after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's departure last season but the Premier League club opted to appoint Erik ten Hag instead.

Neville's choice has divided opinion on social media, with some fans keen to see Pochettino at the club and others reluctant to appoint a former Spurs manager.

"I think on a footballing level he's the best choice. But I think would the board really want to risk getting a manager in that the fans will immediately hate. Who ever comes in will struggle at first especially if it's this season," wrote one fan on Twitter.

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Another replied: "A failed manger giving advice on another failed manager lmao."

A third commented: "Last thing he wants is Chelsea being a power house again! He is trolling hard."

While another simply wrote: "Nah we're good."

Featured Image Credit: Alamy & Sky Sports

Topics: Gary Neville, Mauricio Pochettino, Premier League, Chelsea, Graham Potter

Rory O'Callaghan
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