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Graham Potter has rejected an approach from Leicester, just a day after Chelsea sacking

Jack Kenmare

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Graham Potter has rejected an approach from Leicester, just a day after Chelsea sacking

Graham Potter has turned down an approach from Leicester City, according to reports, just a day after he was sacked from his post at Chelsea.

The 47-year-old was relieved of his duties at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening after less than six months in charge.

He will now take a break after being fired by Chelsea, according to talkSPORT, who also suggest he has rejected an approach from Leicester, who parted ways with Brendan Rodgers after Saturday's defeat to Crystal Palace.

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou is said to be on the Foxes' shortlist alongside Rafa Benitez, Jesse Marsch and Ralph Hasenhuttl.

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Leicester confirmed on Sunday that responsibility for first team training and match preparation will be led by the club’s long-serving first team coaches Adam Sadler and Mike Stowell.

But after being long-time admirers of former Brighton boss Potter, they reached out to his representatives, say talkSPORT.

Potter, however, has decided against taking the role as he gets ready to take a break from the game.

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At around 8pm on Sunday night, the Blues confirmed Potter's departure in a club statement.

"Chelsea FC has announced that Graham Potter has departed the club," they wrote. "Graham has agreed to collaborate with the club to facilitate a smooth transition."

As part of this so-called smooth transition, Bruno Saltor – a member of Potter's coaching staff at both Brighton and Chelsea – will take charge of the team as interim head coach for the remainder of the 2022/23 campaign.

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Saltor worked behind the scenes as a player development coach at Brighton before moving to West London with Potter in September last year.

In terms of Potter's departure from Chelsea, co-controlling owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali commented on his dismissal in the club statement on Sunday.

"On behalf of everyone at the club, we want to thank Graham sincerely for his contribution to Chelsea," they said.

"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.

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"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."

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Graham Potter, Chelsea, Brighton And Hove Albion, Leicester City, Premier League

Jack Kenmare
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