GRAHAM POTTER could be primed for a swift return to football management after he was reportedly targeted by Nice.
The French club, owned by British billionaire and Ineos founder Sir Jim Ratcliffe, are on the hunt for a permanent manager following the sacking of Lucien Favre in January.
And Potter may well be looking for a new job after being sacked at Chelsea last month.
The former Brighton manager was chosen by new ownership, led by Todd Boehly, to succeed Stamford Bridge in September.
However, things quickly unraveled in April when Potter retired after overseeing a string of poor results.
French outlet Nice-Matin report that Ineos sporting director Dave Brailsford has identified Potter as an option for the club’s next head coach.
Nice are understood to be turning to a British manager, which would continue a trend the club has followed since Ratcliffe took over in 2019.
The French side have signed the likes of former England international Ross Barkley and Welshman Aaron Ramsey, as well as signings from former Premier League players like Kasper Schmeichel and Nicolas Pepe.
Despite all the changes, the club is approaching mid-table after finishing fifth last season and thus one place in Europe.
Potter made his mark as a manager abroad, building his reputation over the course of seven years at Swedish club Östersunds.
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He spent a year at Swansea before Brighton’s breakthrough and Potter was loved by fans for making the Seagulls an attractive mid-table team in the Premier League.
But his time at Chelsea proved difficult as Potter struggled to rise to the top of the club’s line of big signings.
The Blues sacked him on the same day that Leicester sacked Brendan Rodgers, but Potter rebuffed the Foxes’ efforts to give him an immediate path back into the club’s leadership.
As well as finding Nice’s new manager, Ratcliffe also has bigger problems as he wants to buy Manchester United.