Saturday, March 25, 2023

Graham Potter claims managing Chelsea is ‘hardest job in football’

Chelsea supervisor Graham Potter has described working the staff as “probably the hardest job in football”. However he stated he’s not in search of sympathy as he tries to salvage their season amid an harm disaster and after a summer season of radical change throughout all areas.

Potter stated expectations had remained excessive at Stamford Bridge regardless of a change in possession in Might, when a consortium headed by Todd Boehly accomplished a 4.25 billion pound ($5.17 billion) takeover and restructured the membership.

Chelsea has dropped to tenth within the Premier League after successful solely one in all its final eight video games and has additionally been knocked out of each the FA Cup and League Cup, with final yr’s costly switch consumption largely struggling to make an impression.

“It is a challenge, stimulating and ridiculously hard. I think it is probably the hardest job in football because of that leadership change and the expectations because of, rightly, where people see Chelsea,” Potter stated earlier than Chelsea’s journey to Fulham on Thursday.

“The reality of where the club is in terms of establishing itself as a well-run football club that functions well in a really competitive environment, maybe we’re not there yet.

“I obviously didn’t think we’d lose 10 first-team players (to injury)… I also acknowledge that I am the head coach, and when we lose, I’m to blame.”

Chelsea supporters sang the identify of former proprietor Roman Abramovich, who oversaw unprecedented success over practically 20 years in management, and Potter’s predecessor Thomas Tuchel throughout Sunday’s 4-0 defeat at Manchester Metropolis.

“I’m not after pity. I’m really grateful and privileged to be here,” Potter stated. “This club was run a certain way for 20 years and run really well. I have a lot of respect for the previous ownership and what they achieved.

“We have to build things up again… It is a new era, a new chapter. We’re going through some pain. It’s difficult at the moment. I understand the frustration and appreciate the support.”

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