Chelsea's board is SPLIT over Graham Potter's future
Chelsea’s board is SPLIT over Graham Potter’s future with certain figures unsure he’s got the authority to turn their dismal season around ahead of two huge games against Leeds and Dortmund
- Chelsea are having a torrid time sitting 10th in league with eight wins all season
- Co-controlling owner Todd Boehly is believed to be among those supportive
- Two negative results against Leeds and Dortmund could leave Potter in jeopardy
Chelsea are divided on the future of manager Graham Potter as the under pressure coach enters a pivotal period that could define his future at the club.
Sportsmail understands Potter is facing a fight to convince certain figures at the club that he has the authority to turn round what has been a disastrous run of results that leaves his future under a cloud.
Crucially, co-controlling owner Todd Boehly – widely recognised as the face of the new Chelsea regime – is believed to be among those most supportive of Potter behind the scenes and, at least for the time being, believes a change of boss would set the team’s development back.
Boehly heads up a consortium that – along with US investment firm Clearlake Capital – purchased Chelsea for £4.25billion last year.
The Boehly-led consortium also includes Swiss business man Hansjörg Wyss and Mark Walter, co-founder and CEO of Guggenheim Capital.
Chelsea are divided on the future of manager Graham Potter as the under pressure coach enters a pivotal period
Crucially, co-controlling owner Todd Boehly is believed to be among those most supportive of Potter
Chelsea’s hierarchy turned to Potter in September after conducting a 100-day review of the club following their takeover and deemed the former Brighton boss the ideal candidate to replace Thomas Tuchel and lead their long-term project.
Boehly acknowledges the difficulties created by raft of changes being implemented to the playing squad and the club’s overall operation and feels Potter should be afforded more time.
However, that level of commitment to Potter is not a universally held view at Stamford Bridge with emerging doubts from other areas of the club.
Victory against Leeds on Saturday will help alleviate the pressure on Potter ahead of Tuesday’s crunch Champions League last 16 second leg tie against Borussia Dortmund.
Two negative results, however, could leave Potter in jeopardy and add to concerns about the former Brighton boss’ suitability following a run of two wins in 15 matches.
Problems caused by the sheer size of the playing squad following the club’s near £600m spree on new players were first revealed by Sportsmail this week and sources have reiterated those issues since.
But there has been some scepticism about the way Potter has dealt with some difficult moments this season, with the owners’ once unequivocal backing of their first managerial appointment now showing signs of wavering.
Two negative results against Leeds and Borussia Dortmund could leave Potter in jeopardy
Chelsea’s first-team squad has swelled to 31 players following eight signings in January
There are also mixed feelings among the Chelsea squad. Potter is said to have made a positive impression tactically and with how he came across as a person when he arrived.
However, though there is no sense Potter has lost the support of his players or they doubt him as a coach, as Chelsea’s season has progressed concerns have emerged about whether he has shown enough force of personality to halt the team’s slide and stamp his mark on the club and dressing room.
Meanwhile, all the uncertainty surrounding the club has also impacted performances.
Former Barcelona and Spain manager Luis Enrique has already been tipped as a potential replacement for Potter, but insiders have suggested there is currently no interest in the 52-year-old.
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