Graham Potter has “deserved the right” to take charge of a Champions League club, according to a former team-mate and Chelsea captain.
But life at Stamford Bridge would be “on a different scale” than what he experienced in Albion.
Andy Townsend says it would be a calculated risk to appoint Albion’s head coach Potter to succeed the sacked Thomas Tuchel.
Potter has impressed in charge of the Seagulls, building a ream and squad – improving individuals like Marc Cucurella, who joined Chelsea for more than £60million this summer.
Chelsea are believed to be interested in Potter but there was no confirmation this morning that any advancement had been made.
Townsend told TalkSPORT, “Graham has done remarkably well over the past few seasons.
“Graham was a young man with me in West Bromwich Albion.
“You couldn’t have met a nicer boy in so many ways, and yet I’ve never seen him shape the kind of career he’s got, which is absolutely to his credit.
“Is he the right man for Chelsea?
“If Todd Boehy (Chelsea owner) is about to do that, it’s a brave decision.
“The difference between Brighton and Chelsea and Brighton is chalk and cheese.
“The pressures, the demands, the expectation and the way they deal with players that Chelsea have is a very different kettle of fish than what Graham is dealing with right now.
“Is he the right one?
“Only time will tell.
“I like Graham and I like the way he’s approaching it, but you can do that at Brighton.
“You can lose a game in Brighton and say, ‘I’m happy with what I saw. Let’s keep going and in the next game we will be better.
“That doesn’t work at Chelsea.” That would be a completely different order of magnitude.
“Did he deserve the right? Yes, I believe he has.
“His football is good, his demeanor is good.
“He does a lot of things right, but it would be a calculated risk to take someone like Graham Potter.
“He meets a lot of criteria, but he’s never been in an area or territory like that.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/sport/21132986.graham-potter-looks-calculated-risk-says-ex-chelsea-skipper/?ref=rss Graham Potter looks ‘calculated risk’ says ex-Chelsea skipper