Graham Potter’s immediate future at Chelsea is not under threat, 90min understands, but there is an acceptance at Stamford Bridge that results must improve soon.
Potter was hand-picked by Chelsea’s new owners, Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital, as their perfect replacement for Thomas Tuchel, vowing to stick by the former Brighton boss as part of a long-term project.
While Chelsea were prepared for a transitional season, the Blues have fallen further than most anticipated. Potter’s side have lost six of their last nine games and have slipped down to tenth in the Premier League, with Champions League qualification already looking beyond their reach.
Understandably, fans have grown frustrated and there is significant pressure on Potter from the supporters, and sources have confirmed to 90min that those in charge at Chelsea have made it clear that things need to improve soon.
Potter has been reassured that he retains the faith of Boehly and he will be given the chance to rectify the team’s current struggles.
Potter’s quest to bounce back from consecutive defeats to Manchester City begins on Thursday with a short trip to high-flying Fulham, with Crystal Palace and Liverpool also on the agenda in January.
February will see Chelsea face Fulham once again, as well as West Ham, Southampton and Tottenham. They will also begin their Champions League knockout campaign with a trip to Borussia Dortmund on February 15.
The Chelsea hierarchy expect a significant up-turn in results across that period, with new signings being found to aid Potter’s cause.
Joao Felix is heading to Chelsea on a six-month loan from Atletico Madrid, while the Blues are also looking to bring Gladbach striker Marcus Thuram in before his contract expires in the summer.