Potter fired, and Chelsea’s middleman knocked on the manager’s door as the Blues prepared for their match against West Ham3 min read
Chelsea are said to have made contact with Germany manager Hansi Flick in the hope of appointing him as Graham Potter’s replacement in the coming months.
Potter fired: The Blues hired Potter in September of last year, following the club’s decision to part ways with Thomas Tuchel.
They started well under the Englishman, but they are now in the midst of a poor run of form. They have only won two of their last ten Premier League games.
Chelsea has struggled to score goals this season, with their last two league games against Liverpool and Fulham ending in draws.
Manchester City has also knocked them out of the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup in recent months.
Despite spending around £600 million on new signings since the start of the season, the London club is currently ninth in the Premier League.
Chelsea’s signings are aimed at the future, but it remains to be seen whether Potter can be trusted to complete the project given the club’s history of sacking managers.
Chelsea has been ‘knocking on Flick’s door,’ according to Christian Falk. Between 2019 and 2021, he was the manager of Bayern Munich.
Since August 2021, the 57-year-old has served as manager of Germany’s national team. The European nation was eliminated in the group stages of the World Cup last year, but Flick is under contract until after the 2024 European Championships.
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Falk also claims that Flick has refused to deny receiving contact from Chelsea.
‘I heard Hansi Flick is being considered as a replacement for Graham Potter. ‘I’m aware of the rumors that circulated after he was spotted at Stamford Bridge for Chelsea’s match against Fulham, but he was actually there for Kai Havertz,’ Falk wrote for Caught Offside.
‘Back when Marina Granovskaia worked for the club, Chelsea knocked on Flick’s door. Hansi Flick also told me that he was in talks with Tottenham at the time, but he decided to take on the role of Bundestrainer instead.
‘However, instead of Todd Boehly himself, a middleman knocked on Hansi Flick’s door. Flick said he had no comment.
‘It would have been easier for him to say it wasn’t true, but he didn’t, so you see there’s something there, but it’s not an option for Hansi Flick because he wants to lead Germany to the Euros in 2024 on home soil.‘
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Jamie Carragher, a Liverpool legend, is concerned that “pressure” will be applied to Potter.
“There’s nothing wrong with Chelsea in the past under Abramovich bringing players in, changing managers all the time, but I don’t think that bodes well for Potter in the future in terms of the amount of money players they’ve brought in,” Carragher explained.
“With that kind of outlay – and they’ll go again in the summer – you have to win the league or come close, and that increases the manager’s pressure.”