Football face of Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s Man Utd takeover wants former Chelsea boss

Graham Potter could replace Erik ten Hag as Manchester United boss as the former Chelsea manager is thought to have a fan in Sir Jim Ratcliffe's right-hand man.

The Brit billionaire agreed agreed a £1.35billion deal to purchase a 25% share of the Premier League giants where he's expected to have control of their football operations. The ability to hire and fire managers will be a part of the INEOS' founder's responsibility at the club and one he may enact soon considering United's poor start to the season under the Dutchman.

The Red Devils sit 8th in the Premier League and have already lost six games in all competitions in what was been their worst start to a season in 34 years. The poor start coupled with the availability of Potter – who was sacked last April by Chelsea after eight months in charge – could mean a change takes place in the managerial dugout at Old Trafford.

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Ratcliffe, 70, will reportedly face competition from Serie A champions Napoli who are interested in appointing the Englishman after a less-than-ideal start to the season where they attempt to retain the Scudetto.

Potter's potential arrival in Manchester would be spearheaded by Sir Dave Brailsford who is thought to be a fan of the 48-year-old and attempted to lure him to Ligue 1 side Nice, who fall under INEOS's football portfolio.

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Potter was once thought of as one of England's brightest coaches after successful spells at Swansea and Brighton which led to the massive opportunity at Chelsea. But he lasted just eight months at Stamford Bridge where he was responsible for their lowest points-per-game return of any Blues manager.

In just 31 games, he lost 11 as his time came to an end in April after his side lost 2-0 at home to Aston Villa.

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