Graham Potter is teetering on the point of the sack at Chelsea, following a dismal run of outcomes which has seen the membership drop to tenth within the Premier League and get knocked out of each the FA Cup and League Cup.
Certainly, Chelsea’s newest loss to Fulham, during which new mortgage signing Joao Felix was despatched off, has additional exacerbated the strain Potter is underneath. Within the 19 video games he has taken cost of in all competitions since his appointment of him in September, the Chelsea supervisor has received eight, drawn 4 and misplaced seven.
Put merely, that is not ok for a lot of Chelsea followers, who in latest weeks have turned to chanting former boss Thomas Tuchel’s title within the stands. Tuchel’s sacking occurred fairly unceremoniously, particularly after he had led the membership to the Champions League title only a 12 months earlier than.
Nevertheless, whereas strain mounts on Potter, proprietor Todd Boehly has clarified his present incumbent nonetheless has the total backing of the board, however, ought to they need a change of fortunes so quickly after his appointment, then there are many candidates out there.
5 managers Chelsea might appoint if Graham Potter is sacked
Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid facet is the embodiment of every thing the Argentine is: aggressive, passionate and containing loads of high quality. Nevertheless, after 12 years within the Spanish capital, it appears Simeone’s time is coming to an finish.
Whereas his present contract expires in 2024, Simeone has reportedly knowledgeable the membership’s CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin that he shall be leaving in the summertime. If the Chelsea job turns into out there, although, that timeframe might be intensified.
Chelsea appear the almost certainly English job that Simeone would take, too, their type most suited to working underneath the Argentine’s demanding however efficient tutelage. Proper now, the crew on the pitch actually appears in want of some commanding presence guiding their method.
Spare a thought for Joao Felix if this appointment ever materialized, although. The Portuguese ahead has solely simply escaped the clutches of Simeone, becoming a member of Chelsea on mortgage till the top of the season. Being reunited so quickly after leaving Atleti won’t take advantage of Felix’s signing.
Former Barcelona and Spain boss Luis Enrique is presently out of labor, having left the nationwide crew after failing to beat Morocco within the final 16 of World Cup 2022. He carried out an honest job as Spain supervisor, although, main them to the semi-finals of Euro 2020, and is a really competent coach who enjoys incisive and direct soccer that includes fast transitions from protection to assault – arguably good for this Chelsea facet’s assault.
Enrique is a profitable membership coach, too, successful the treble with Barcelona in 2015 after spells at Roma and Celta Vigo. His credentials are clearly there, regardless of an underwhelming World Cup marketing campaign.
Lately, former Chelsea managers Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte have each pitched up at Tottenham, however, in a wierd twist of circumstances, it might be former Spurs gaffer Mauricio Pochettino in line to take the new seat at Stamford Bridge.
Out of labor since being sacked by PSG in the summertime, Pochettino would reportedly welcome a suggestion from Chelsea. The 50-year-old picked up three trophies whereas managing the French giants and led them to the semi-finals of the Champions League, after a profitable interval at Tottenham.
Working underneath fewer restraints may show interesting for the Argentine, too, however questions marks stay about his potential to cope with big stars, comparable to these he labored with at PSG.
After seemingly holding out to grow to be supervisor of the France nationwide crew since leaving Actual Madrid on the finish of the 2020/21 season, Zidane’s subsequent managerial path appears much less clear now.
Certainly, Didier Deschamps prolonged his contract with France till the 2026 World Cup, blocking Zidane’s path to the position and within the course of leaving him trying to find completely different alternatives. A serial Champions League winner – he picked up three consecutive crowns as supervisor of Los Blancos – Zidane’s high quality is simple.
Getting one of the best out of an ageing Chelsea squad can be Zidane’s largest check, although, and he hasn’t labored as a supervisor at any membership apart from Actual Madrid – might that depend towards him?
Alright, this is able to be extraordinarily unlikely, however, on the similar time, extraordinarily logical.
Chelsea sacked Thomas Tuchel in September 2022, changing him with present supervisor Graham Potter underneath doubtful circumstances. It’s nonetheless unclear why Tuchel left, however, if he can patch up his variations with the board – and, most significantly, Todd Boehly – then this appointment would make full sense.
Tuchel has reportedly turned down a number of job gives already this season, ready for Europe’s elite golf equipment to come back calling as an alternative of these he has acquired. He additionally clearly loves Chelsea, and would know find out how to get one of the best out of the gamers on the membership.
In any case, he received the Champions League with them simply over a 12 months earlier than his sacking, and, apart from Joao Felix, he has labored with all the gamers within the first-team throughout his earlier spell in cost.