Chelsea boss Graham Potter under pressure after fourth consecutive domestic defeat

Graham Potter ahead of Chelsea's defeat at Newcastle.
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Chelsea manager Graham Potter faces some early pressure as Blues boss after his side were beaten by Newcastle at St James' Park on Saturday.

Potter has been in the job for just over two months after leaving Brighton to join Chelsea in early September, but did not take charge of a Premier League game until the 2-1 win at Crystal Palace on October 1.

That was the first of three straight wins for his side in the Premier League, before back-to-back draws against Brentford and Manchester United.

Since then, the Blues have lost 4-1 to Brighton and now 1-0 to both Arsenal and Newcastle, with Joe Willock's second-half goal the difference on Saturday.

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Chelsea also went down 2-0 to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup in midweek.

Results in Europe have been better, with four wins and a draw for Potter in the Champions League since taking over from former manager Thomas Tuchel, but four domestic defeats in a row leave the 47-year-old under some pressure as the Blues head into the break for the World Cup in eighth place in the Premier League.

Potter's side are nine points behind third-placed Newcastle and eight adrift of Tottenham (fourth), albeit with a game in hand over both teams.

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Ben Hayward is Weekend Editor for FourFourTwo. A European football writer with over 15 years’ experience, he has covered games all over the world - including three World Cups, several Champions League finals, Euros, Copa América - and has spent much of that time in Spain. He currently divides his time between Barcelona and London.