How Man Utd takeover is delaying Graham Potter’s return as manager after Chelsea sacking

GRAHAM POTTER is the favourite to land the Nice job this summer, according to reports.

The Englishman has been out of work since being sacked by Chelsea in early April.

Getty Images – GettyGraham Potter has been out of work since being sacked by Chelsea last month[/caption]

Nice appointed Didier Digard as caretaker boss in January following Lucien Favre’s dismissal, and are set to make a permanent appointment at the end of the season.

According to L’Equipe, Potter is favourite to land the job.

The Nice board is claimed to have unanimously approved the former Blues boss as a potential appointment, and preliminary talks are said to have already taken place.

Nice are owned by Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s Ineos, however, who find themselves otherwise occupied.

Ineos are front-runners to buy a majority stake in Manchester United from the Glazers.

The endeavour is said to be Ineos’ No1 priority at the moment, leaving Nice’s managerial hunt in limbo.

In addition to Potter, Nice like Brighton’s Roberto De Zerbi, although they accept that convincing the Italian to join would not be possible at present, given the Seagulls’ success.

Nice are also claimed to like Thiago Motta, Franck Haise and Regis Le Bris.


Since taking temporary charge, Digard has led Nice to 10 wins, eight draws and five defeats.

His side currently sit ninth in Ligue 1.

Following L’Equipe’s report, Telegraph reporter Matt Law claimed that Potter will NOT become Nice manager.

The 48-year-old was quickly linked with the vacant Leicester job after being axed by Chelsea.

While he has also been loosely connected with the vacant Tottenham gig.

PASir Jim Ratcliffe is hoping to buy a majority stake in Manchester United[/caption]

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