Mauricio Pochettino is monitoring developments at Chelsea and is ‘waiting in the wings’ should the club decide to sack Graham Potter.
Potter is under-fire just four months after being named as the Blues’ head coach, with a run of just one win in eight games in all competitions having increased the pressure on his position.
The manner of the club’s 4-0 defeat at Manchester City in the FA Cup third round has further increased concerns and the The Sun are reporting that Pochettino is keeping a close eye on the situation as he plots a return to management.
The Argentine has been without a club since leaving Paris Saint-Germain last summer and is open to a return to the Premier League. Pochettino spent five-and-a-half seasons at Tottenham and spends much of his time in London, where he retains a home.
Pochettino’s previous links to Spurs have been viewed as an obstacle in the past, but the 50-year-old is understood to be open to an approach from Chelsea if the west Londoners decide on a change of coach.
Chelsea travel to face Fulham in a west London derby on Thursday evening, with the Cottagers three places and three points ahead of Potter’s side in the Premier League table.