Chelsea sack Graham Potter as head coach after less than seven months
Thirteen managers have been sacked by Premier League clubs so far this season, with Graham Potter the latest to be shown the door by Chelsea. As a result, several sides have had to fork out big-money severance pay-outs in order to part ways with their respective bosses, taking the total for the entire league to at least £49.4million.
Despite being acquired as a ‘project manager’ that was seen as the ideal candidate to spearhead a shakeup at Stamford Bridge, the Blues ownership decided to sack Potter over the weekend following a disappointing start to his tenure that saw the club’s chances of Champions League fade quickly.
The former Brighton boss reportedly received a £13million pay-out from Chelsea, having been handed a long-term contract by the club initially. The fee is the same as what Thomas Tuchel received earlier this season when he was sacked to make way for Potter, says the Daily Mail.
Leicester City recently opted to fork out £10m to part ways with Brendan Rodgers too, with the club in the heart of a relegation battle and showing no signs of improving. The ex-Liverpool boss has been under pressure since September – when his potential severance package was initially leaked – and the club are hoping that a short-term replacement will steer them clear of the drop.
Tottenham are amongst those who are eying a move for Rodgers, having reportedly forked out £4m to sack Antonio Conte last month, according to The Mirror. The Italian came under fire after throwing his side under the bus following a 3-3 draw with Southampton, questioning the mentality of the club and their true desire to win trophies.
With under a year left remaining on his deal, the former Inter Milan boss received less than what Nathan Jones received from Southampton in his severance package (£4.4m), according to The Sun. The 49-year-old lasted a matter of months at St Mary’s before it became clear that the step up from Luton to the Premier League was too significant.
Patrick Viera (Crystal Palace), Ralph Hassenhuttl (Southampton), Jesse Marsch (Leeds) and Steven Gerrard (Aston Villa) were all also sacked this season, though it remains unknown the realms of their pay-outs. Wolves also opted to part ways with Bruno Lage prematurely in October and his severance package has not been made public.
Frank Lampard was another to have been sacked this year, being given the boot by Everton in January despite being influential in their relegation battle previously. The Liverpool Echo estimate that the former Derby boss received £5m for his services from the Toffees, with Sean Dyche brought in to bring solidity to Goodison Park.
Reported fees received by sacked Premier League managers
Scott Parker – unknown
Thomas Tuchelm – £13m
Bruno Lage – unknown
Steven Gerrard – unknown
Ralph Hassenhuttl – unknown
Frank Lampard – £5m
Jesse Marsch – unknown
Nathan Jones – £4.4m
Patrick Vieira – unknown
Antonio Conte – £4m
Brendan Rodgers – £10m
Graham Potter – £13m
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