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Graham Potter ‘retains firm backing’ despite concerns over some Chelsea players not ‘fully buying’ into methods



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Graham Potter still has the full support of the Chelsea owners despite concerns over some of the first-team players, according to reports.

The Chelsea head coach has managed 18 games since being appointed last September, winning eight, drawing four and losing six.

Chelsea have only claimed one win in their last eight and the pressure is piling on Potter to deliver results, even though he sought assurances at the beginning of his tenure to ensure he wouldn’t be sacked if they missed out on a top four finish.

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Progression is needed at Chelsea during the massive transitional period, which Potter was chosen to lead, but anger and frustration has grown especially since they were heavily beaten 4-0 by Manchester City on Sunday which sent them crashing out of the FA Cup.

Chelsea have slipped to 10th place and silverware looks unlikely this season, as does Champions League qualification for next season.

Despite no wins in 2023 yet, Chelsea still have full confidence in the 47-year-old and are prepared to be patient. They recognise the challenges Potter has faced and believe he will be able turn the club’s fortunes around.

Now the Daily Mail report that he retains the firm backing of the owners even though there have been concerns behind the scenes.

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It’s claimed that concerns have been shown over some of Potter’s squad ‘not fully buying into his methods’.

Potter protected his players after the FA Cup defeat insisting he doesn’t sense any poor attitudes within the Chelsea squad.

Chelsea next face Fulham in the Premier League on Thursday night which is a must-win game to put a stop to the downwards spiral the club are currently on.

However, the Mail adds that Potter’s future is not in any immediate danger should they not win in midweek but the west London derby has been emphasised as a match for signs of improvement collectively.