Former Chelsea boss linked with shock switch to international manager job

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A former Chelsea head coach has been linked with a surprising switch to an international manager’s job, after the former boss stepped down.

Former Chelsea manager Graham Potter has been linked with a move for the vacant Sweden manager’s job, according to a recent report from the Daily Mirror.

Potter was sacked by Chelsea in April of this year - he has been out of work ever since, despite numerous sources linking him with a host of high-profile jobs - including Lyon in Ligue 1. He has managed in Sweden before - the former Brighton boss took charge of Ostersund from 2011 to 2018, where he won the Svenska Cupen, the Division 2 Norrland and the Division 1 Norra.

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Sweden FA general secretary Andrea Mllerberg confirmed that Potter was in contention for the job, stating: “You can say this: The list that is on names and that I have been sent to me or that I am reading... it is clear that he is part of that list. We’ll see what we filter down and who is interested in this role.

“You probably have to be passionate about wanting to be the national team coach, especially given that it is different from club football. You may have to be ready with certain parts.”

Who else is in the running for the Sweden job?

While Potter is the only Englishman in the running to take the reins, there are a host of other quality coaches who are thought to be in the running for the vacant post. Jens Gustafsson, Kim Bergstrand and Thomas Lagerlof are also believed to be in contention [via Mail Online].

Gustafsson is currently the manager of Pogoń Szczecin, having been in place since the summer of 2022 - currently, his team are 5th in the Ekstraklasa. Meanwhile, Bergstand and Lagerlof manage Djurgårdens IF together - they currently stand 4th in the Allsvenskan, with just two games remaining in the season.

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