Jurgen Klopp has reacted to the sacking of Graham Potter, who became the 13th manager in the Premier League to be axed this season, after Chelsea made the decision to part company with him.
The 47-year-old was dismissed on Sunday afternoon and confirmation of Potter’s exit was given in an announcement shortly after 8pm.
A club statement read: “Chelsea FC has announced that Graham Potter has departed the club. Graham has agreed to collaborate with the Club to facilitate a smooth transition.
“In his time with the club, Graham has taken us to the quarter final of the Champions League, where we will face Real Madrid.
“Chelsea would like to thank Graham for all his efforts and contribution and wish him well for the future.
The decision was made following the 2-0 loss to Aston Villa, the 11th and final defeat of Potter’s 31-game reign at Stamford Bridge.
Potter was the second manager to be axed on Sunday. Leicester City and Brendan Rodgers went separate ways, with Potter’s exit the 13th of the season in the league.
Ahead of the league encounter in the capital, Klopp – who has also come under pressure this season – offered his view on the sackings.
He told reporters: “What can I say? The elephant in the room is probably why I am still sitting here, in this crazy world! Last man standing!
“I respect them a lot, I like them both. Fantastic managers still, but things can go the wrong way. We all accept that in the football business.
“It’s a strange week, Conte, Nagelsmann, and now these two.”
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