The pressure appears to be mounting on Chelsea head coach Graham Potter after his side lost 1-0 to 20th-placed Southampton in the Premier League last weekend.

James Ward-Prowse fired in an excellent free-kick just before half time and that was enough to seal all three points for the away side at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea are tenth in the table and have only won five of their 17 matches in the top flight since the English boss was brought in from Brighton to replace Thomas Tuchel.

Potter came in as an inexperienced coach at the top level and that could be his downfall in the end if the 47-year-old fails to turn things around in the coming weeks and months.

The Englishman has not finished higher than fifth in a season since finishing second with Ostersunds in Sweden in 2015 and he has never ended a campaign in a higher position than ninth in England.

Todd Boehly could land an upgrade on the ex-Seagulls boss, if the owner decides to part ways with him soon, by bringing in a proven winner who knows what it takes to be a success at the very top of the game.

Who could replace Graham Potter at Chelsea?

One man who is reportedly being considered for the job if it becomes available is the legendary Zinedine Zidane, who is currently unattached to a club.

The former France international would be a big upgrade on Potter as the 50-year-old is a serial winner who has racked up several trophies during his managerial career so far.

In six LaLiga seasons with Real Madrid, Zidane won two titles and never finished lower than third – averaging 2.24 points per game across 183 matches in the division.

Meanwhile, the Frenchman also led his side to an impressive three Champions League trophies, two UEFA Super Cups, and two FIFA Club World Cup titles.

Speaking about the tactician’s success in Europe, ex-Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand once said: “This guy has incredible ability. It (he) has done so in a short time. He has entered and collected trophy after trophy, the big ones too. Three Champions League as a coach? It’s phenomenal. He doesn’t have much to say, he never had much to say as a player. He let his football speak. Now it’s very similar in management.”

Meanwhile, the only trophy Potter has won in his career – despite only being three years younger than Zidane – is the Swedish Cup with Ostersunds in 2015.

Their respective statistics in management indicate that the French coach would be better suited to the job at Stamford Bridge as he knows how to win trophies and compete at the top end of the table in a major European league, whereas the Englishman is yet to prove his quality as an elite manager.


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