Graham Potter will wait until the summer to return to management amid Leicester interest

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Graham Potter is set to wait until the summer to return to management with Leicester identifying him as a possible long-term replacement for Brendan Rodgers.

Leicester have admired Potter for a number of years and it is thought the 47-year-old’s name was discussed on Sunday when Chelsea sacked him after only seven months in the role.

But Sportsmail understands Potter is now keen to recharge after an intense stint at Stamford Bridge, before plotting his return next season. As well as Leicester, Brighton could be interested in rehiring Potter if Roberto De Zerbi leaves, while there is also likely to be a vacancy at Tottenham.

Leicester chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha was due to arrive in the city ahead of Tuesday’s game with Aston Villa and will lead the process of finding Rodgers’ successor.

First-team coach Adam Sadler and goalkeeping coach Mike Stowell will be in charge against Villa and the result, performance and fan reaction will influence what happens next. The atmosphere had grown toxic under Rodgers, with fans urging Srivaddhanaprabha – known as Khun Top – to dismiss him.

After Villa, four of Leicester’s next five games are against teams in the relegation fight – Bournemouth, Leeds, Wolves and Everton, with three of those at home. The ideal scenario for the Leicester board would be for the interims to lead them to safety, so they can reassess with Premier League status assured.

If the Foxes show no sign of improvement under Sadler and Stowell, an experienced hand will be sought. 

Rafael Benitez is interested in returning to the Premier League and would figure on Leicester’s list, while Jesse Marsch and Ralph Hasenhuttl have also led successful survival campaigns and are currently out of work. Former Borussia Monchengladbach coach Adi Hutter is a leftfield option.

Chelsea pulled the trigger on Potter on Sunday evening after discussions between the 47-year-old and the club hierarchy.

He was in charge at Stamford Bridge for just seven months, achieving success in Europe but struggling for consistency in the Premier League. 

The Blues have been strongly linked with a move for former Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann, who left the German club and was replaced by former Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel.

Bruno Saltor has been placed in temporary charge of Chelsea and has vowed to do his best for the club moving forward. 

Source: Dailymail

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