Todd Boehly reluctant to sack Graham Potter after Pep Guardiola advice

Blues co-owner Todd Boehly is determined to keep faith with Potter, although going out of the Champions League to Borussia Dortmund next week could force his hand.

Chelsea’s worrying run of results continued on Sunday as Potter’s side were comfortably beaten 2-0 by London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in what was a dire display from the west Londoners.

The Blues are nearly in the bottom half of the table, with just goal difference separating them with 11th place Aston Villa.

They have now won only two of their last 15 Premier League games to slip to 10th in the table, 14 points cut-adrift of the Champions League places.

Potter has been backed with some of the finest talents in the world, but his team hasn’t beaten a top half side yet this season.

As a result, the English manager is under immense pressure as the manager of Chelsea as his team continues to lose match after match.

A number of pundits and a huge section of the Chelsea fanbase are calling for Potter to be fired, but Stamford Bridge owner Todd Boehly looks to be sticking with the former Brighton manager, who took over for Thomas Tuchel earlier this season.

Potter claimed after Chelsea’s latest setback at Tottenham that he needs more time to put his plans into action, drawing comparisons to Arsenal manager Arteta and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, with the former facing similar pressure only to turn the Gunners into title contenders this season.

Despite Chelsea’s torrid form recently, the club’s hierarchy is still understood to be standing by Potter, viewing his appointment as a long-term investment in the club’s philosophy, as they look to replicate the success of Arteta’s turnaround at Arsenal.

However, that is not the only reason Blues owners are delaying making a decision.

According to the Times, they are also aware of Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, publicly supporting Potter last month, and advising Boehly to remain patient in order to see an improvement in results.

Guardiola said: “I’d say to Todd Boehly, give Graham Potter time.

“Give him time. All the managers need time and he is right. At Barcelona, I didn’t need time for two seasons because I had Messi.”

While the American owners are still backing Potter, poor performances in the defeats to Southampton and Tottenham mean that there is a widespread assumption around the club that the next two games will be pivotal in determining Potter’s future.

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