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Chelsea stance on sacking Graham Potter after Newcastle defeat explained 

Chelsea stance on sacking Graham Potter after Newcastle defeat explained 

The winter World Cup break has come at a good moment for Graham Potter and Chelsea. The pressure on the former Brighton manager has increased as a result of the Blues’ recent performances.

Saturday night’s defeat at Newcastle was Chelsea’s third consecutive Premier League loss. Four of the previous five games played by Potter’s team in all competitions have been lost.

After the setback at St. James’ Park, a small number of fans began to question Potter’s ability to lead the team into a new era.

As reported by football.london on Saturday, however, it appears that an equal number of Blues supporters have defended Potter and placed the blame on Todd Boehly.

The American billionaire has been criticized for firing Thomas Tuchel and then placing the newly-hired Chelsea manager in charge during a time of uncertainty.

Despite the hubbub on social media, Chelsea’s position on Potter is now crystal obvious.  The Athletic reports that the backing of the club’s new owners for Potter and the long-term project they share is unshakeable.

This information was relayed to the 47-year-old earlier this week, according to the newspaper. This should not be confused with a vote of confidence, which is typically delivered when a manager appears to be on the verge of being fired.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Boehly and the Chelsea leadership group have taken this position. The fact that Potter was given a five-year contract suggests that it was always anticipated that it would take him time to convey his ideas.

“It’s not nice to not get results. It’s as simple as that but I have to look at why that is and the situation that we’ve had to deal with,” Potter said after the Newcastle defeat.

“It hasn’t been straightforward at all. We’ve had a lot of games, a few injuries to key players, destabilised us, today again you see they’re missing. Just had a period that’s been incredibly challenging.

“You face four of the teams in the best moment in the Premier League in terms of the version of themselves and that can challenge you as well. As much as we can’t accept it, we have to deal with it and try to move forward.”

Fabrizio Romano clarifies Boehly’s stance on Potter’s Chelsea future

A few months ago, Potter signed a five-year contract with Chelsea, and according to Romano, this will not alter anytime soon.

“Internally at Chelsea, the board and of course Todd Boehly absolutely trust Graham Potter and his idea and project for the present and the future,” the Italian journalist said on his YouTube channel.

“So, nothing will change.

“Chelsea’s position are very clear: Potter is the manager and will [stay] the manager. He’s considered the right man to bring in his ideas and project in the next years.

“Potter will have discussions with the board on what they can do to improve in 2023, but he’s in full control of the situation.”

Potter now has six weeks to work with individuals who will not be attending the World Cup in Qatar. The break could not have come at a better time, and Potter will seek to turn his team’s fortunes around when they meet Bournemouth on December 27.

Chelsea stance on sacking Graham Potter after Newcastle defeat explained 

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