‘No way back’ – Potter handed ultimatum over Chelsea future as Boehly makes decision
Many people around Chelsea believe there will be ‘no way back’ for head coach Graham Potter if they fail to win either of their next two matches, according to reports.
Potter is under pressure at Stamford Bridge after another defeat at the weekend, a 2-0 loss to London rivals Spurs in the Premier League, saw Chelsea suffer a third consecutive defeat in all competitions.
It sees Chelsea 10th and miles off the pace for a top four spot and they are on the verge of being knocked out of the Champions League.
Reports have suggested it’s a tenure defining week for the 47-year-old, who was only appointed last September to succeed Thomas Tuchel, with the next two matches being ‘make or break’ for the Chelsea head coach.
Chelsea host Leeds United on Saturday afternoon at Stamford Bridge, before welcoming Borussia Dortmund to the capital for the second leg of their Round of 16 Champions League tie next Tuesday.
Frustration is growing at Stamford Bridge and Potter is feeling the pressure. He knows results haven’t been good enough, nor warranted anyone to show faith and trust in him.
“I haven’t done enough at this club to have too much good faith; I also accept that,” said Potter on Sunday afternoon after Spurs inflicted more misery on the Blues.
“My job isn’t to worry about that too much. I understand the question and where it comes from, but I have to try to focus on keeping on helping the team and supporting the players. I really like these players, they’re good lads. They want to do better and want to win. But at the moment we’re suffering and that is my responsibility.”
Now Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph reports ‘those around the club, including players, believe there would ultimately be no way back’ should Chelsea not beat Leeds or Dortmund.
In the defining week over his position at the club, Potter will be without Thiago Silva. The 38-year-old will miss up to six weeks with a knee injury.
The Chelsea hierarchy have continued to back Potter in recent weeks to overcome the dismal form, but crunch time appears to be nearing. If it doesn’t improve in the next two games, it could force the owners’ hands into making a big decision.
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