Ex-Chelsea boss turns down Ajax vacancy as Manchester United job looms

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The former Blues boss has been out of work since April 2023

Former Chelsea boss Graham Potter has supposedly turned down the opportunity to become the new head coach of Ajax. Sky Sports News has reported that the former Stamford Bridge manager was the prime target for the Eredivisie club with the two parties even holding talks, but it appears Potter is not interested in joining the Dutch side at this time.

The news comes four months after Sky Sports News also reported that the ex-Brighton coach was expected to be high on Manchester United’s shortlist of managerial candidates if they were to bid farewell to Erik ten Hag this summer. Not only does Potter’s achievements at Brighton stand in him good stead for the potential job at Old Trafford but he also previously worked with Dan Ashworth, whom the Red Devils are hopeful of prizing away from Newcastle to become their new Sporting Director.

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Graham Potter at Stamford Bridge in April 2023Graham Potter at Stamford Bridge in April 2023
Graham Potter at Stamford Bridge in April 2023

48-year-old Potter has been out of work since he was relieved of his duties at Stamford Bridge a year ago this month. He has already turned down the chance to take over at Lyon and the Swedish national side and appears willing to wait for the right role before heading back into the managerial seat.

Previous to his time at the Amex Stadium and Stamford Bridge, the ex-Southampton left-back enjoyed a successful stint with Ostersund in Sweden before spending a year in the Championship with Swansea City.

Ajax, on the other hand, have been without permanent a manager since October after they sacked Maurice Steijn. John van’t Schip has taken temporary charge of the side but the club currently find themselves in sixth place in the league, 33 points off leaders PSV. Ajax recently suffered a 6-0 hammering to fierce rvials Feyenoord on Sunday and last month they were knocked out of the Europa Conference League following a 4-0 defeat to Aston Villa.

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