Hammers Potter hopes on hold


By Hughie Southon

West Ham’s hopes of landing Chelsea manager Graham Potter as their next boss remain very much on hold with Chelsea reported not to be looking to sack the under achieving former Brighton boss.

Despite regular bulletins from Stamford Bridge that the boardroom and dressing room are split over the head coach there is little sign of a sacking at this stage.

The Hammers would be among the first clubs in for the 47 year old who saw his massively expensive team defeated by bottom of the table Southampton at the weekend.

The Blues have won two, drawn four and lost eight of the last 14 games but the Chelsea board is currently rumoured to be following the Arsenal model where Mikel Arteta was given time to sort things.

However, there are powerful voices in the Stamford Bridge corridors of power claiming Potter is too inexperienced to man manage such powerful and expensive players.

The Irons are known to be keen and would be hoping he becomes available as they look for possible replacements for David Moyes.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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