Chelsea are continuing to back head coach Graham Potter despite the alarming poor form and results in recent months, according to reports.
A New Year and it’s the same Chelsea. They are struggling for results, yet to win this year (D1, L2) and the frustrations are growing amongst the fanbase, with the travelling support on Sunday evening during their 4-0 defeat to Manchester City chant the names of former head coach and owner Thomas Tuchel and Roman Abramovich, respectively.
One win from Chelsea’s last eight games in all competitions simply isn’t good enough. They are in 10th in the Premier League, out of the FA Cup and Carabao Cup, remaining only in the Champions League.
Potter, who replaced Tuchel last September, has come into the job to oversee the ‘massive transition’ and has been backed with time and patience is coming under increasing scrutiny as Chelsea tumble down the table and out of cup competitions.
The defeat to City in the FA Cup third round could’ve got ugly but it was kept at four nil due to the hosts not getting out of third gear.
Potter wasn’t happy at full-time with the performance, criticising his side for being second best during a painful evening at the Etihad.
“I thought we were second best to a very good side,” he said at full-time.
Despite a divided fanbase over the process of a rebuild, Potter still, most importantly, has the faith of the Chelsea hierarchy.
As reported by Ben Jacobs, there is full confidence and patience in Potter, just like there was from the very start when he penned his long-term contract at Stamford Bridge.
No knee-jerk decisions were ever going to be made regardless of results this season and the owners believe he is restricted by what he inherited from Tuchel, as well as the mounting injury problems during the period of transition.
Patience will be shown with Potter, who is seen as a strong fit for Todd Boehly-Clearlake Capital’s long-term vision for the club.
There’s no denying results must get better. The owners know that, the players know that, the fans that, and ultimately Potter knows that.
Chelsea travel to Fulham next for a west London derby on Thursday night and it’s a must-win for the Blues to stop the rot and put a halt to the increasing negativity surrounding the club.
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