Some Chelsea fans have had enough of Graham Potter and are calling for a coaching change.
Graham Potter may have to rely on senior players in his dressing room to save his job after a disastrous start to his Chelsea tenure. Todd Boehly fired Thomas Tuchel after meetings with players confirmed to the new owner that he wanted a new face in the dugout.
Potter, the Blues’ manager for 19 games, is undoubtedly feeling the heat in London. His team has slipped to 10th in the Premier League and will need a major turnaround in form if they are to finish in the top four this season, knowing that failure to do so will have a significant impact on their summer spending.
He has the backing of Chelsea’s higher-ups, knowing that he was promised a ‘project,’ which obviously takes time to build and implement. A long-term strategy with no short-term success, on the other hand, is proving to be a nightmare for the former Brighton manager.
Some fans want Potter fired because they believe the job is “too big” for a manager who thrives when given plenty of time. Those calling for a managerial shakeup may cause Boehly to have reservations about his appointment, and he may turn to his squad for an assessment of the situation.
According to the report, the American owner previously gained insight into Tuchel through his players by holding talks. Boehly discovered that a sizable portion of the squad ‘weren’t against’ sacking Tuchel, with only new signings displaying genuine signs of disappointment having been acquired just a week before.
As a result, if this is how Chelsea intends to determine whether sacking a manager is the right decision, Potter will be hoping for his players’ support. The ex-Swansea manager revealed earlier this week that he had met with senior players to discuss their poor form and any issues – and those ‘human connections,’ as Potter would say, could come in handy sooner rather than later.
“I had a really good conversation yesterday with Thiago, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, and Kovacic. They once again demonstrated their humanity. They were forthright and well-articulated their concerns.
“It is their responsibility, and I believe we are at a crossroads.” A string of positive results combined with marquee signings will lift spirits at Chelsea and relieve some of Potter’s pressure, and he must begin with a win over Crystal Palace on Sunday, January 15th, 2023.”