Leicester: Ex-Chelsea manager would be “a good fit”

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Journalist Dean Jones believes a recently available and Premier League-proven manager could be in line for the permanent Leicester City job this summer.

Potter was let go from his role in West London on the 2nd of April, and the transfer insider believes the Englishman would be well suited to life at the King Power.

Leicester City manager news – Graham Potter

Potter was relieved of his duties at Chelsea after a calamitous seven-month spell in which he lost eleven of 31 matches.

It was the Solihull-born boss’ first sacking in senior management after a successful spell at Swedish side Ostersunds FK led to a move to Swansea City before an impressive impact at Brighton gained Chelsea’s attention.

However, things quickly turned sour at Stamford Bridge with former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher arguing that appointing Potter was a “ridiculous decision to start with”.

Despite his recent struggles however, the 47-year-old has shown he is a capable Premier League manager through his fine work on the south coast and now Jones has suggested he would slot in well to the vacancy left by Brendon Rodgers’ sacking at the King Power.

Earlier this week, the Foxes hierarchy appointed Dean Smith on a contract until the end of the season and it remains to be seen if he will keep the role past that, with the former Aston Villa boss solely tasked with keeping the 2015/16 Premier League champions in the top-flight.


What has Dean Jones said about Potter to Leicester?

Speaking in an interview with This is Futbol, Jones stated his belief that Potter would be a good fit at Leicester, but only if they can convince him to drop down a level.

On Leicester’s hunt for a new manager, Jones said:

Graham Potter actually is an example of somebody I think is a good fit for Leicester and certainly a much better fit for less than he ever was for Chelsea.

“The problem you’d have with someone like Graham Potter now from a Leicester point of view is that you have to convince him that this is his level. And you have to check whether he has the motivation for such a challenge after just having a chance that one of the biggest clubs in Europe.”

Would Potter be the right man for Leicester?

Potter – who Sky Sports reporter Melissa Reddy once hailed as “superb” – has shown his ability to improve and develop a team during his time at Brighton, creating an accomplished and impressive Premier League side in his own image.

Although he struggled at Chelsea where there is a far higher demand for success, a move to Leicester would put him back in charge of an underdog with the club in need of a complete rebuild whether they start next season in the Premier League or Championship.

As Jones states, much will hinge on the Foxes’ ability to persuade Potter to take a considerably less prestigious job than Chelsea, but if they can persuade him to move to the East Midlands they would have the perfect man to restore the side to glory.

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