Are Chelsea going to sack Graham Potter?
The Blues have certainly had a shocking 2022/23 campaign so far which sees them slumped down bang in the middle of the Premier League table.
And the worrying takeaway from the table now is that they are as close to the relegation zone as they are Tottenham Hotspur who occupy fourth spot.
Since Potter's arrival at Stamford Bridge, the Englishman has only been able to provide a win rate of just 35% with as many defeats as victories to his name.
However, speaking on his YouTube channel, journalist Fabrizio Romano has claimed the Chelsea board are still expected to provide the manager with their backing:
"What I can say is that internally at Chelsea, they knew that another factor to make things complicated is that all the players they signed in January didn't have the pre-season, because usually when we have this kind of number of players joining the new club, this happens in the summer, not in January. In January, you don't have pre-season, you immediately go and play, and so this is a factor.
"The pressure is growing, but the reality is that they're still backing the manager. They're still protecting the manager. So let's see how next week will be for Chelsea, how the internal discussions will go. But at the moment, the feeling is that they're not changing their position, they're still protecting Graham Potter."
Who could Chelsea appoint to replace Potter?
For an owner whose strategy in the January transfer window appeared to be scattergun at best, it is perhaps a surprise to hear he may be willing to give Potter more time at the helm.
A club like Chelsea who have spent the money they have this season should be nowhere near the middle of the table, yet the results are failing to improve.
As we near the completion of the second month of 2023, Potter has only been able to register one win across all competitions this year.
But that being said, the options are limited for the Blues if they are to part ways with Potter which was apparent when the brought in the 47-year-old earlier in the season.
One name which was mentioned then and has been mentioned over the weekend is Mauricio Pochettino who has been out of work since leaving Paris Saint-Germain.
However, there is a feeling he is biding his time for the opportunity in north London to potentially come available in the summer if Antonio Conte is to leave Tottenham.
So there could well be the view there is currently no manager out there that could provide Chelsea with a long-term replacement for the Englishman.
But if the results do fail to improve over the coming weeks, it is difficult to imagine Todd Boehly being willing to sit back and watch their season fade away.