Graham Potter has reportedly turned down an opportunity to return to manage Leicester City just one day after being sacked as Chelsea head coach.
The Englishman had been linked to the Leicester job following the dismissal of Brendan Rodgers, but has declined the offer.
According to talkSPORT, Potter is now “set to take a break” after losing his position at Stamford Bridge on Sunday night.
Leicester are currently facing a difficult battle to avoid relegation, currently sitting second from bottom in the Premier League with just 10 fixtures left to play.
With Rodgers’ departure, the club is on the hunt for a new manager to help steer them to safety and potentially even secure a higher finish in the table.
Potter’s decision to take a break from management may come as a surprise to some, as he has previously been touted as a rising star in the coaching world.
The 46-year-old had made a name for himself at Swansea City before taking on the Chelsea job, and was seen as a potential candidate for a number of top-flight clubs.
While Potter may have turned down Leicester’s offer for now, it remains to be seen where he will end up next. With his talent and experience, he is sure to attract interest from other clubs in the future.
For now, however, he appears to be focused on taking some time off and regrouping after a challenging season with Chelsea.
Graham Potter’s brief tenure as Chelsea manager has come to an end after less than seven months in charge. The former Brighton boss was brought in by Todd Boehly as the successor to Thomas Tuchel in September of last year.
Unfortunately for Potter, his time at the club was marked by poor results on the pitch, with Chelsea winning just three of 13 Premier League games in 2023 and languishing in 11th place in the table.
It is believed that the lack of respect from the Chelsea squad was a major factor in his dismissal.
According to reports, some players had even given Potter unflattering nicknames, with many revolving around the Harry Potter franchise and even references to Quidditch.
Chelsea are wasting no time in their search for a replacement, with plans to interview at least five candidates for the job.
One of those on the shortlist is former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, who has been linked with a number of top-flight jobs since leaving Paris Saint-Germain.
In the meantime, Bruno Saltor has been placed in temporary charge of the team as they prepare for a crucial match against Liverpool on Tuesday night.
The Spaniard will be tasked with rallying the squad and improving their form in the hopes of securing a higher finish in the table.
As for Potter, his time at Chelsea may have been short-lived, but he remains a respected figure in the world of football.
It remains to be seen where he will end up next, but with his track record of success at Swansea and Brighton, it’s likely that he won’t be without suitors for long.