Graham Potter under pressure after Hansi Flick was spotted at Stamford Bridge, Germany’s manager3 min read
Germany manager Hansi Flick has been spotted at Stamford Bridge, adding to the pressure on Graham Potter.
Hansi Flick, the manager of the German national team, was spotted in the crowd at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea drew 0-0 with Fulham, putting Graham Potter’s role as Chelsea manager under intense scrutiny.
Potter has had a rocky start as Chelsea manager, failing to turn around the club’s fortunes since taking over after Thomas Tuchel was fired in September.
With only nine wins and seven losses in his first 22 games, the former Brighton manager has found himself in the spotlight in recent weeks.
Chelsea is currently ninth in the Premier League table, ten points behind the top four and with only one win this season.
In addition to the questionable form, Chelsea spent an astonishing £320 million in the January transfer window on nine new players, including Joao Felix, Mykhailo Mudryk, and Enzo Fernandez.
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This is in addition to the eight players brought in by the Blues last summer, so results are expected to justify all of this spending.
The last thing Graham Potter and the Chelsea squad need are rumors about a possible new manager.
The Chelsea board has promised Potter that he will be able to build his own team after this season, a new Chelsea based on his ideas.
However, with Hansi Flick’s future as Germany manager in doubt, rumours linking him to the Chelsea job have begun to circulate in the media. The Chelsea-Fulham game was not Flick’s first time watching the Blues; he also saw Chelsea lose 1-0 to Manchester City last season in a game featuring several German Internationals.
This time, however, there was only one German international in Kai Havertz, leading some to believe that Flick’s visit was primarily to meet with Chelsea’s new American owner Todd Boehly.
In his career, the former Bayern Munich manager has won two Bundesliga titles, a Champions League, a DFB-Pokal, and the FIFA Club World Cup.
Germany’s underwhelming performance in Qatar appears to have put Flick in jeopardy of losing his national team spot, which could open the door to a return to club football, specifically at Chelsea.
Last month, Potter stated that he was not concerned about his job security and that he was confident in himself and his team to bring success back to Chelsea.
“I think Pep Guardiola was at Manchester City a year before they’d won anything, and then obviously Mikel and Jurgen took a bit of time.
“But obviously, for some reason, it’s different for me. But I don’t have a timetable for it. I understand the gravity of our situation.
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But I know I’m capable, I know my talent, and I have the full support of the owners, players, and staff here.”
Chelsea has a busy schedule ahead, including both legs of a crucial Champions League last-16 tie against Borussia Dortmund.