Chelsea fans have come to a disagreement over the future of Graham Potter following the Blues’ 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United. The head coach has become subject to criticism from some sections of the club’s fanbase as the west Londoners head into the World Cup outside of the European qualification places.
A handful of supporters have began to ask questions of Potter, questioning the 47-year-old’s ability to lead the club into a new era. Chelsea are now winless in five Premier League games and have tumbled down the table, with Brighton, Liverpool and Manchester United in the way of a top-four position.
But, despite the flurry of condemnation, just as many Blues fans have defended Potter and shifted the blame onto Todd Boehly. The American billionaire has been scolded for sacking Thomas Tuchel and then throwing the newly-appointed Chelsea boss into the deep end amid a period of turmoil.
So, with that being said, football.london has collated some of the reaction towards the Chelsea boss and the co-owner.
@lewdawg tweeted: “Potter is actually the victim. Boehly dragged him into the most hostile situation ever with the worst squad we’ve seen in years, all in the middle of an injury crisis.”
@CatenaccioEra tweeted: “I feel no connection at all to Boehly and Potter’s project. I’m sorry but i admit i can’t handle this culture change. Especially since it’s such a drop down. This is not the club i fell in love with.”
@Kiswili_10 tweeted: “Todd Boehly really sacked this Thomas Tuchel for Graham Potter? That’s not even close to a crime…”
@TuchelCam tweeted: “Potter I’m so sorry Boehly dragged you into this mess.”
And, one supporter even tweeted asking Tuchel to come back to Chelsea. Directly tagging the former Blues boss, @CFCDUBois wrote: “Come back @TTuchelofficial.”
As the red mist continues to descend on Chelsea fans, Potter shone a light on how the number of injuries his side have picked up have contributed to a poor run of results. Speaking to the press, the Blues boss said: “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.
“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.”