Chelsea Manager Graham Potter: Under Pressure?

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Chelsea Manager job is not an easy task, even with new owners. Being a manager at Chelsea football club is like having a short-term contract and keeping an eye of any jobs avialiable. There have not been a long-term manager in the dug-out at Stamford Bridge. You can say the Jose Mourinho have stayed with Chelsea the longest and even serve as Chelsea manager for two terms.

Despite a run of poor results in 2023, Graham Potter seems to be safe in the Chelsea job. The club's hierarchy reportedly believes that he should have at least one pre-season in charge, and as such, they are not considering sacking him.

Chelsea Taking a Leaf Out of Liverpool and Arsenal

Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is reportedly taking a leaf out of Liverpool and Arsenal book as he ponders Graham Potter’s future at Stamford Bridge. Potter has had a bumpy ride in his short time as Chelsea manager, having taken over from Thomas Tuchel at the beginning of the season. Despite being backed with around £323 million in the January transfer window, the team has struggled to produce consistent results.

The Blues have won just once in the Premier League since the turn of the year, leaving them languishing far from the top four. This has led to speculation that Potter could be sacked, despite only being in charge for a few months. However, it appears that the Chelsea hierarchy is willing to give the 47-year-old time to turn things around.

According to the Evening Standard, Chelsea is refraining from sacking Potter because they understand that he needs time to lead a successful rebuild. This understanding is due, in part, to Mikel Arteta's early struggles at Arsenal, which serves as an example of why patience is required for managers to realize their full potential. The board is also admiring the way Jurgen Klopp built up his Liverpool squad over his first three seasons at Anfield before they were able to challenge Manchester City for domestic honours on a consistent basis.

Here are some of the reasons why Potter is still in his job:

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Chelsea Manger Graham Potter under pressure: Photo

He Deserves a Chance

While results have not been good enough, there remains a feeling inside Stamford Bridge that Potter at least deserves one pre-season to properly work with a squad and start a season as Chelsea manager. The club believes that it would be unfair to sack him for problems he inherited, rather than issues that arose from his own decisions.

Big Spending Spree

Chelsea new owners have gone on a big spending spree during the last two recent transfer window. To help build up the squad to compete in Europe next year. They have gave contracts to football players similar in a way baseball players contract are signed. Long-term contract for 7 or 8 years. So with such a big spending spree, the owners of Chelsea are taking it slow upon deciding Graham Potter fate as Chelsea manager.

Here is a full guide and analysis of Chelsea transfer spending in 2023.

Lack of Alternatives

If the club were to sack Potter, who would they hire? Which top manager or coach would be brave enough to take the current squad with three months of the season to run? Not many, if any.

Check out the list of available football managers in 2023.

Potter is Not Overwhelmed by the Task

Despite the poor results, there is a sense that Potter is not overwhelmed by the task at hand. He appears to be handling the pressure well and is focused on finding solutions to the problems.

Problems Inherited from Tuchel

Many of the problems at Chelsea were inherited from the reign of Thomas Tuchel. Last summer’s recruitment focused on players that do not fit the new ethos or system, and Potter is still trying to make the best of the situation.

Medical Advice

Some critics unfairly focused on the changes made by Potter for the visit of Southampton, which culminated in a very poor 1-0 defeat. Potter left certain players in the stands, and journalist Matt Law has the answers to those questions, detailing that Potter was following medical advice. It is understood that certain players risked significant injury if they were to start the game, which would have been a third in a week.

What's Next

Although Potter has accepted that the results have not been good enough, he appears to have the backing of the club's hierarchy. Chelsea fans may be frustrated with the poor run of results, but the club believes that Potter deserves a chance to prove himself. With one pre-season under his belt and a better understanding of the players and the club, Potter may be able to turn things around in the future.

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