Former Chelsea boss Graham Potter turns down Sweden job with his preference to return to club management

Potter has been out of work since being sacked by Chelsea.

Former Chelsea boss Graham Potter turns down Sweden job with his preference to return to club management
Graham Potter
Potter still on the lookout for his next role (Picture: Getty)

Former Chelsea and Brighton manager Graham Potter has turned down the chance to manage the Sweden national team with his focus on returning to club management.

Potter, brought into replace Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge in September 2022, was dismissed just seven months into his five-year contract after winning only seven of his 22 Premier League games in charge.

The 48-year-old is still to return to management but was shortlisted for the Sweden job with current coach Janne Andersson leaving the role this week after failing to secure qualification for next summer’s European Championship.

Swedish FA secretary general Andrea Mollerberg revealed last month Potter was one of the names under consideration.

But Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet report he has turned down the chance to be considered for the role.

Potter reportedly indicated that his preference is to return to club football.

Potter rose to prominence managing in Sweden in charge of Ostersunds from 2011 to 2018. After a year at Swansea City, he was brought in by Brighton to replace Chris Hughton.

Graham Potter
Potter was sacked by Chelsea in April (Picture: Getty)

The former Blues boss has also been linked with Manchester United ahead of Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s imminent minority takeover where he and his team are expected to take control of all sporting matters.

Ratcliffe and Sir David Brailsford are thought to be fans of Potter having wanted him at Nice.

Potter was tipped as a possible replacement for Erik ten Hag if the new administration sought to make changes once they have arrived at Old Trafford.

Ten Hag’s position at Old Trafford has come under scrutiny this season having lost nine of their opening games in all competitions this season.

Wins over Fulham and Luton eased the pressure on the Dutchman somewhat heading into the international break with United insisting in early November they are not lining up potential replacements for the manager.

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