Todd Boehly backs Potter to revive Chelsea’s fortunes

Todd Boehly backs Potter to revive Chelsea's fortunes

Despite the club’s terrible form, Graham Potter still retains the backing of Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly and the club’s board.

The Blues have won just two of their last 14 games in all competitions and were defeated 1-0 on Saturday by Premier League strugglers Southampton.

Potter was appointed in September 2022 after Thomas Tuchel was fired.

Chelsea’s owners, on the other hand, have made it plain that employing Potter was part of a long-term initiative.

The team is said to need time to gel after a rebuild that has seen £583 million spent on new players in the last two transfer windows, with eight new additions arriving in January alone.

It is also acknowledged that Potter’s terrible circumstances have been exacerbated by the enormous injury catastrophe.

A head injury to Cesar Azpilicueta in Saturday’s match adds another name to Chelsea’s lengthy injury list, which includes Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Christian Pulisic, Wesley Fofana, Edouard Mendy, Denis Zakaria and Armando Broja.

Potter’s future at Stamford Bridge will not be determined by success in the Champions League this season or the team’s ability to qualify for European football next season.

Although it is accepted Saturday’s result was not good enough – Southampton are bottom of the Premier League table – it is felt there are encouraging signs at the club.

Potter left Brighton and signed a five-year deal with Chelsea following Tuchel’s sacking.

Chelsea have won nine of their 25 games under Potter and sit 10th in the Premier League, 10 points off the Champions League places.

The Blues are next in action on Sunday at fourth-placed Tottenham