Chelsea have Graham Potter's replacement lined up: report

Chelsea Manager Graham Potter during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Etihad Stadium on January 8, 2023 in Manchester, England
Are Potter's days numbered at Stamford Bridge? (Image credit: Dave Howarth - CameraSport via Getty Images)

Chelsea have found the man they want to replace Graham Potter.

That's according to a report that suggests that Blues boss Potter is teetering on the brink, as the west Londoners sit 10th with seven defeats in the Premier League this term. 

Potter was only appointed in September – and though the former Brighton boss has been told that his immediate future isn't under threat, that hasn't stopped owner Todd Boehly from identifying a successor in the hot seat. 

Todd Boehly

Todd Boehly is backing Graham Potter… for now (Image credit: Getty)

BILD (opens in new tab) journalist Christian Falk (opens in new tab) has stated in his latest exclusive column for CaughtOffside (opens in new tab) that Oliver Glasner of Eintracht Frankfurt is under serious consideration.

“I think Todd Boehly will try to hold on to Graham Potter for as long as he can given how dissatisfied fans were with the decision to axe Thomas Tuchel,” he journalist wrote.

“If Potter doesn’t improve Chelsea’s form in the league, however, Boehly may be forced to look at alternative managerial options anyway.

“We heard that already in the summer Chelsea knocked on Oliver Glasner’s door to see if there was any interest in joining the project in London as manager. It wasn’t so concrete and, in the end, they went with Potter.

Oliver Glasner, Head Coach of Eintracht Frankfurt looks on prior to the UEFA Champions League group D match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Tottenham Hotspur at Deutsche Bank Park on October 04, 2022 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Oliver Glasner, Head Coach of Eintracht Frankfurt, looks on prior to the Champions League group match against Tottenham Hotspur (Image credit: Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

“That being said, Boehly will have been very impressed with how Glasner won the Europa League with Frankfurt. If he has to get rid of Potter, Glasner could be a viable option. It’s worth remembering that Chelsea’s technical director, Christopher Vivell, did originate from RB Leipzig.

“When you’re coming from Red Bull’s coaching programme – everyone who graduates all hold a special philosophy – as Glasner has, you tend to share a similar view to current and former employees of a Red Bull club. So, you see, Vivell and Glasner have the same view on football, which is one good reason as to why he could be a hot topic at Chelsea if Potter gets sacked.”

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Mark White
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Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.