Boehly decides whether or not to fire Graham Potter at Chelsea, and the media suggests four candidates to take his place.
Following the Blues’ third straight Premier League loss on Saturday against Newcastle, which dropped them to eighth place in the league, co-owner Todd Boehly has made a decision on Graham Potter and claimed he is facing the sack.
When Chelsea opted to fire the well-liked Thomas Tuchel in September, the 47-year-old was possibly the most shocking selection. Pressure is growing on Potter’s head barely two months into his tenure at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have now lost four of their past five games in all competitions after Saturday’s 1-0 loss at St. James’ Park. As a result, they are now eight points behind fourth-place Tottenham, although with a game in hand.
The length of Potter’s stay with the club has been questioned, and as a result, rumours have begun to circulate that he may leave soon.
Recent events haven’t helped ease concerns over the Englishman’s future with the club. The last Chelsea manager to suffer three consecutive Premier League defeats was Jose Mourinho in 2015, and he was promptly fired after a disastrous season.
Moreover, a sizable number of Chelsea fans have yet to be won over by Potter. On Saturday night, they lost 1-0 against Newcastle, which was no more than they deserved, and some supporters are starting to worry that the job is too large for him.
After the game, Potter said his team was inundated with negative remarks.
There are four potential candidates to replace Graham Potter
In addition, the Daily Express lists four players as possible Potter replacements at Stamford Bridge.
They write that if any manager were to be let go, Mauricio Pochettino would be the most likely candidate.
Since leaving PSG in the summer, the former Tottenham manager has been unemployed. Before Potter was hired, he was also considered for the position.
They also consider former Germany manager Joachim Low, who is looking for a comeback in club management, as a possibility for Chelsea.
They also mention Zinedine Zidane, the Real Madrid coach who has won the Champions League three times.
Finally, they say Chelsea is considering Brendan Rodgers for the manager position. The Ulsterman, who worked as a coach under Mourinho at Stamford Bridge, has been reinstated after turning around the fortunes of Leicester.
Graham Potter’s future at Chelsea is decided
Nonetheless, The Athletic reports that Chelsea is still fully behind Potter.
The Athletic reports that unidentified sources indicate Boehly and co. have no plans to end his tenure.
They have said unequivocally that they want to stick with Potter for the duration of his reign.
In fact, the evidence suggests that Potter was informed of this well before their loss at St. James’s Park. The publication is very clear that its endorsement is not a “vote of confidence,” which may often be a precursor to dismissal.
Yet they underscore that the season’s hiatus couldn’t have come at a better moment for Chelsea and Potter.
No team, not even Potter, has been looking forward to the domestic season’s 45-day break with greater anticipation. He was given little time to prepare his Chelsea team for the upcoming season or the upcoming January transfer window.
Now that the season is officially over, Potter has arrived at his customary feeling of relief. After a week without the pressure of two games, he can take stock of his whole player roster, coaching staff, and preparations for the January transfer window.