- Graham Potter was close to getting sacked at Chelsea over a poor run of results
- The English manager turned it around with three consecutive wins
- The rumours seem to be swelling again after dropping points against Everton
Graham Potter seems to be going back and forth with his future at Chelsea as results remain inconsistent. The English manager has had a mixed fortune since he took over the reins at Stamford Bridge in September, replacing the beloved Thomas Tuchel.
He had a decent run to open his tenure, but a poor run of form followed before he turned it around again with three wins on the bounce against Crystal Palace, Borussia Dortmund and Leicester, but a draw against Everton seems to have quelled the momentum.
The Premier League is a brutal league that hires and fires managers constantly during the season. According to NBC Sports, nine permanent managers have been shown the exit this season.
Southampton have sacked two of those nine managers, Ralph Hassenhuttl and his replacement Nathan Jones, yet the club remain bottom of the league. Sports Brief looks at the odds favourite top five to be sacked next, as noted by Squawka.
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1. Antonio Conte
It is not surprising the Italian manager is the number one favourite to be sacked after his explosive rant at the weekend, where he decimated the Tottenham players and board, as reported by CNN.
His contract expires in the summer but could be out the door before the end of the international break, as Spurs bosses are not taking his outrage lightly.
2. David Moyes
The Scottish manager led West Ham to the semifinals of the UEFA Europa League last season and are currently in the quarterfinals of this year's Europa Conference League, but results in the league have him the second favourite to be sacked.
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The Hammers are in the relegation zone, in 18th position on the log and just a point above bottom-placed Southampton after 24 points from 27 games.
3. Brendan Rodgers
The 2016 Premier League champions are just a point above the relegation zone, having lost 16 times this season. Irish boss Brendan Rodgers could face the axe as the Foxes battle to avoid relegation.
4. Graham Potter
Managing Chelsea comes with tremendous pressure, as admitted by Potter. The English manager is still under the microscope as Chelsea remains 10th and could lose out on any European qualification unless they win the Champions League.
The Blues have already sacked Thomas Tuchel this season and spent about £600m on transfers in two windows under Todd Boehly.
5. Steve Cooper
The English manager could have been long gone if not for the respect over his achievements - bringing Nottingham Forest to the Premier League after 23 seasons away from the English topflight.
Sitting two points above the relegation zone will do none of the parties involved any good as the two-time Champions League winners look to retain their Premier League status.
Todd Boehly assesses Everton game
Sports Brief earlier reported that Chelsea owner Todd Boehly explicitly assessed the Everton game, which saw Chelsea concede a last-minute goal to drop points.
The American billionaire was approached in the parking lot as he exited the stadium and asked about the game. He gave an unsavoury response to display his dissatisfaction at how his club dropped points against the relegation-threatened side.