Despite the club’s defeat to Southampton on Saturday, Chelsea’s hierarchy is sticking by Graham Potter..
Potter is regarded as one of the Premier League’s best young managers, and Chelsea expects him to lead the club back to competing for the Premier League and the Champions League.
However, after a promising start, Potter is already under fire and widely expected to be the next Premier League manager to be fired, following a stunning home loss to Southampton last weekend that dropped them 10 points short of a place in the Champions League.
Despite the latest setback, The Telegraph’s Matt Law reports that Chelsea’s position has not changed, with the club’s board still backing Potter to turn things around..
Meanwhile, Potter described Chelsea’s performance against Southampton as a “step back” after their Champions League defeat to Borussia Dortmund earlier this week.
‘After a 1-0 loss at home, any criticism is understandable,’ said Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
‘I think we’ve had a difficult period and a lot of challenges in terms of integrating young players into the Premier League,’ he says. When the results do not go your way, it can be difficult.
‘I’m sure there will be people out there who believe I’m the problem. I disagree with them, but I’m not so arrogant as to dismiss their viewpoint as unworthy of expression..
My job is to assist the team, to keep working through a team period, to make some changes today, and to be honest, we took a step back in our performance in the first half. The response in the second half was adequate, but not sufficient..
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