Chelsea’s board is split on Graham Potter’s future; Todd Boehly supports his manager, but some question whether he has the power to turn their disappointing season around before a crucial week.
Chelsea Online News:
Graham Potter, who is under pressure, is entering a crucial phase that could determine his future at the club, and opinions within Chelsea on his future are varied.
According to a source, Potter is fighting to show some club officials that he has the power to reverse the catastrophic run of results that has cast a shadow over his future.
Moreover, co-controlling owner Todd Boehly, who is largely regarded as the face of the new Chelsea administration, is thought to be among those who have been most supportive of Potter behind the scenes and, at least for the time being, thinks a change in manager will slow the team’s progress.
The Chelsea leadership went to Potter in September after a 100-day evaluation of the team following their takeover and determined that the former Brighton manager was the best choice to succeed Thomas Tuchel and oversee their long-term ambition.
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Boehly believes Potter should be given more time despite the difficulties brought on by the numerous changes made to the playing squad and the club’s overall operation.
At Stamford Bridge, there are growing skepticisms from other sectors of the club, so that level of dedication to Potter is not shared by others.
In the crucial Champions League last 16 second leg clash against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, a victory over Leeds United on Saturday will help relieve pressure on Potter.
Nevertheless, two defeats might put Potter in trouble and raise more questions about the former Brighton manager’s competence after a record of just two wins in 15 games.
Yet, there has been considerable doubt regarding Potter’s handling of certain challenging situations this season, as the owners’ formerly unwavering support of their first managerial appointment is now beginning to show indications of waning.
There is no indication that Potter has lost the players’ trust or that they have any doubts about him as a coach, but as Chelsea’s season has progressed, questions have surfaced about whether he has demonstrated enough personality to turn around the team’s downward trend and leave his mark on the club and locker room.
Former Barcelona and Spain manager Luis Enrique has already been mentioned as a potential Potter replacement, but insiders claim there isn’t much interest in the 52-year-old at the moment.
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