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Chelsea turned down by potential Graham Potter replacement following Southampton defeat

The Blues continue to back their manager, but have been dealt a blow in trying to replace him

Chelsea have been turned down by former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino as they look to firm up a succession plan to Graham Potter, according to reports.

Currently 10th in the Premier League, Chelsea lost 1-0 at home to bottom-of-the-table Southampton, continuing their miserable run under Graham Potter which has seen them win just once in 2023, and now 11 points off the top four with 15 games to play, it seems as though the chances of them returning to the Champions League next season are remote at best.

Not that they are set to remain in the competition for much longer this season as it stands, with a 1-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund leaving them needing to score twice to progress, something that they have managed just once since the Premier League resumed after the World Cup break.

And as a result of poor returns and poorer performances, plenty believe that Potter could be in his final days as Blues boss, despite media reports claiming that the Englishman is under no pressure from those above him and that he will be given until the end of the season.

According to 90min, however, contingencies are already being made in case Todd Boehly’s hand is forced, with an enquiry for former Tottenham and PSG boss Pochettino explored.

However, they add, ‘Pochettino is open to return to management, but it’s understood any move he does choose to make must be under the right conditions’, while the Blues ‘are not ticking the boxes for the Argentinian at present’.

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