GRAHAM POTTER is reportedly being linked with a return to management with Ligue 1 side Nice.

The English coach, 48, was sacked by Chelsea in April after just seven months in charge.

Days later he was mooted as a potential candidate for the vacant Leicester role following the dismissal of Brendan Rodgers.

But he ruled himself out of the running for the position as he eyed some time away from football.

But according to L'Equipe, he could now be set to return to the sport just seven weeks after being axed by Chelsea.

French club Nice, who boast ex-Premier League stars such as Aaron Ramsey, Ross Barkley and Kasper Schmeichel, are understood to be interested in the former Brighton boss.


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Ex-Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre was appointed in the summer but lasted just five months before being dismissed in January.

Didier Digard has taken interim charge until the end of the season – and they sit ninth in the table with two games remaining.

But they are on the hunt for a permanent head coach and Potter could well be their man.

Nice are owned by British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe – who is one of the leading bidders in the race to purchase Manchester United.

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And meetings are said to have already taken place about bringing the Solihull-born manager to Ligue 1.

Along with Potter, Nice are also keen on Brighton's current manager Roberto De Zerbi.

However, he is not seen as a realistic target given the Seagulls have now qualified for the Europa League.

Bologna boss Thiago Motta, Lens manager Franck Haise and Lorient head coach Regis Le Bris are also in the frame.

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