Chelsea board, players divided over Graham Potter’s future

March 3rd, 2023 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Chelsea are reportedly 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.

Accoording to the Daily Mail, 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 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.

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.

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.

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Graham Potter breaks silence on Mason Mount contract impasse as Liverpool, Man United, City circle

February 18th, 2023 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Graham Potter says he hopes Chelsea can resolve Mason Mount’s contract situation quickly with the two parties at an impasse.

Academy graduate Mount is out of contract next summer and attracting interest from Premier League rivals as talks continue over a new deal.

The Blues are keen to tie the England midfielder down to a long-term deal, though his camp are not happy with the terms that have been discussed so far meaning little progress has been made.

Asked about the situation, Potter said: “It is always complicated, there are always negotiations.

“It is best that I leave it between Mason and the club, it is the best way for that to be dealt with as far as I’m concerned.

“He has been fantastic to work with, an important player for us and I hope it gets resolved quickly.”

After a run of below par performances, Mount – who is being tracked by THREE Premier League rivals – has been dropped from the starting line-up in Chelsea’s last two games, coming on from the bench against both West Ham and Borussia Dortmund.

Potter has been pleased with the reaction from the 24-year-old, who is in contention to start against Southampton this weekend.

Mount has a stunning record against the South Coast side, with the boyhood Portsmouth fan scoring four goals and claiming two assists in seven Premier League games against the Saints.

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