The first ‘doubts’ over Graham Potter are beginning to ‘surface’ in the Chelsea boardroom after they lost 2-0 to Tottenham, according to reports.
Potter took over from Thomas Tuchel in September as Todd Boehly looked to move the club in a different direction with the Englishman swapping Brighton for Stamford Bridge.
But things have not gone to plan since his arrival with Chelsea now on a run of just one win in 11 Premier League matches as they fell 14 points behind fourth-placed Spurs after their defeat in north London on Saturday.
Tottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp scored his first goal for the club to open the scoring at the weekend before Harry Kane rounded off the scoring as Spurs piled the pressure on Potter.
There have been widespread reports in recent weeks insisting that the Chelsea board are still firmly behind Potter despite their terrible run of form.
Some pundits and former players have sympathy with Potter as he attempts to gel numerous new players after Boehly and co. splashed £600m on new players in the past two transfer windows.
But there have been calls from the Chelsea fans for him to go with Potter and his team booed off in their last home match against Southampton.
And now the Daily Mail claim that they are ‘led to believe’ that the first ‘doubts are surfacing’ in the Chelsea boardroom over Potter’s suitability for the role moving forward.
The report added: ‘It would be more surprising if questions weren’t being asked.
‘More negativity in their next two fixtures – against Leeds and Borussia Dortmund – then the current unease will become palpable.
‘The loss of faith can be a painful experience: for those who once believed and those who are no longer believed in. It perhaps explains why Potter still finds himself as Chelsea manager.
‘But the next nine days, certainly if Chelsea extend their winless run to eight matches, will be indicative of quite how robustly that faith is felt.’
And former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara commented that Potter had three matches to save his job before the Spurs defeat with the talkSPORT pundit predicting that two more losses against Leeds and Dortmund will likely seal the Chelsea boss’ exit.
O’Hara said: “Graham Potter’s next three games: he’s got Tottenham, which is massive, then he’s got Leeds and then he’s got Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.
“If he doesn’t get three big results, I think he could go. Chelsea fans don’t agree with me, Jason Cundy keeps saying ‘no, no, there’d be no point sacking him’. I’m telling you, he loses them next three games, he’s gone.”
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