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Manchester United have chosen not to hire Graham Potter due to his lack of Champions League experience

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REVEALED: Manchester United chose not to hire Graham Potter due to his lack of Champions League experience… only to move to Erik ten Hag – who had never worked in the Premier League before!

  • Graham Potter was appointed as Chelsea’s new manager yesterday afternoon
  • The 47-year-old almost joined Manchester United last season
  • United chose not to hire him due to his lack of Champions League experience
  • Instead they hired Erik ten Hag, who had never worked in England before
  • The Red Devils missed out on the Champions League qualification last year anyway

Manchester United have turned down the chance to appoint Graham Potter as their new manager due to his lack of Champions League experience, it can be revealed.

United were looking for a new boss following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last November and Ralf Rangnick took on the role on an interim basis before Erik ten Hag was appointed as the club’s new manager in April.

New Chelsea boss Potter was shortlisted to take charge at Old Trafford but was rejected due to his inexperience in Europe, despite Ten Hag having never worked in the Premier League before.

Chelsea have hired Graham Potter as manager despite his lack of experience at elite clubs

The 47-year-old head coach impressed the Blues after establishing a winning culture Brighton

The 47-year-old head coach impressed the Blues after establishing a winning culture Brighton

Manchester United could have hired Potter last year but turned to Erik ten Hag instead

Manchester United could have hired Potter last year but turned to Erik ten Hag instead

United failed to qualify for the Champions League last season, but ended up in the Europa League.

Meanwhile, Potter was announced on Thursday as the new manager of Chelsea, a group stage club of Europe’s most prestigious competition having won it just two years ago.

“I am incredibly proud and excited to represent Chelsea FC, this fantastic football club,” the 47-year-old said on his appointment as Blues boss.

“I am very excited to be working with Chelsea’s new ownership group and look forward to meeting and working with the exciting group of players and developing a team and culture that our amazing fans can be proud of.”

Potter led Brighton to fourth in the Premier League, with four wins from six games so far

Potter led Brighton to fourth in the Premier League, with four wins from six games so far

It remains to be seen how he will fare in both domestic and European competitions, but he arrives after impressive spells domestically with Brighton and Swansea.

Ten Hag, meanwhile successful in the Champions League with Ajax, had never succeeded in England.

The Dutchman lost his first two games of the Premier League season at United – 2-1 and 4-0 to Potter’s Brighton and Brentford respectively – but has since won four league games in a row, including victories over Liverpool and Arsenal.

Manchester United owners were put off by Potter's lack of Champions League experience

Manchester United owners were put off by Potter’s lack of Champions League experience

Chelsea have shown confidence in Potter by giving him a five-year contract and appointing the trusted staff unit he needed around him to be successful.

Collaboration and communication are also central. The lack of both in their relationship with former manager Thomas Tuchel were factors in his downfall.

Potter will take charge of his first Chelsea game tomorrow at Fulham, although Premier League games are in doubt following the death of Her Majesty The Queen.

An announcement as to whether this weekend’s games will take place is expected shortly.

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