Ex-Chelsea players argue that sacking Graham Potter is unnecessary because the Blues boss needs our support, but others see the club situation differently than fans do.
On Thursday night, Chelsea suffered yet another setback to their top-four hopes. Since 2006, the Blues have gone unbeaten in 20 Premier League games against Fulham. This streak was broken following a 2-1 defeat in which Marco Silva’s side maintained their remarkable charge for a European place.
Joao Felix was the standout performer for Chelsea on the night. The new loanee, on the other hand, received a straight red card for a reckless lunge, resulting in a three-match ban.
It was the latest in a string of setbacks for manager Graham Potter, who had already seen Chelsea exit both domestic cups.
Potter’s position is not under threat, according to reliable journalists in the media. However, the fanbase has not been silenced.
Following the World Cup, supporters of former coach Thomas Tuchel have become increasingly vocal. Todd Boehly is splashing cash everywhere, but the results under Potter aren’t adding up.
Former Blues favourite Joe Cole insisted on Potter’s dismissal during a BT Sport broadcast.
Cole put a positive spin on Fulham’s 2-1 defeat, highlighting two reasons why fans should avoid the former Brighton manager.
“There’s reason to believe that Potter will get it right” – Joe Cole.
“He needs time,” Cole said. “We saw a little bit of frustration from the fans creeping in today, they’ve just got to understand that there’s been so much change.
“I believe we’ve seen enough of Chelsea’s little sparks tonight. There is reason to believe that the results will improve.
“The club had been so stable in its own unique way over the last 20 years in its own way, and then you come in and you’re changing things behind the scenes, changing recruitment as you’ve got new owners, and I think Graham Potter has acquitted himself very well,” says Potter.
“He’s honest; what else can you do but keep doing what you’re doing and believing in the players?”
Is Potter simply unlucky?
“That’s the pressure of being at Chelsea,” ex-Chelsea defender Gary Cahill said.
“He’s not having any luck. I believe it is a matter of patience on the part of the fans and the club.
“There have been a lot of changes at the club, and they need to calm down.
“I remember once we finished 10th and the next season we won the title. To change it, you must put forth effort. You can feel the pressure, and ultimately, the big players must assist the younger players.
“Potter must be wondering when his luck will change. The injuries and red cards were significant moments in the game.
“Will the fans just sit there and watch this?” – Crouch
Potter’s six-year contract and recent appointment, according to fellow pundit Peter Crouch, make it unlikely he’ll be fired anytime soon.
Meanwhile, the ex-Liverpool striker has warned Chelsea fans that they will not sit back and accept Potter’s football, which has seen the club fall so far down the table.
“The manager is on a six-year contract, they want to build something, but that doesn’t work if you fire him now, are the fans going to watch this?” Crouch stated.