Chelsea manager, Graham Potter, has called managing the London club as “perhaps the hardest job in football”.
Potter, on the other hand, stated that he is not searching for pity as he attempts to save the English football team’s season amid an injury crisis and a summer of dramatic transformation in all sections of the club.
Despite a change in ownership in May, he claimed expectations at Stamford Bridge remained high.
That’s when Todd Boehly’s group finalised a 4.25 billion pound (5.17 billion USD) takeover and restructured the club.
Chelsea has slipped to tenth place in the English Premier League (EPL) after winning just one of their last eight games.
They have also been knocked out of both the FA Cup and League Cup, with last year’s expensive transfer intake largely struggling to make an impact.
“It is a challenge, stimulating and ridiculously hard. I think it is probably the hardest job in football because of that leadership change and the expectations because of, rightly, where people see Chelsea,” Potter said before Chelsea’s trip to Fulham on Thursday.
“The reality of where the club is in terms of establishing itself as a well-run football club that functions well in a really competitive environment, maybe we’re not there yet.
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“I obviously didn’t think we’d lose 10 first-team players (to injury)… I also acknowledge that I am the head coach and when we lose I’m to blame.”
Chelsea supporters sang the name of former owner Roman Abramovich, who oversaw unprecedented success over nearly two decades in control, during Sunday’s 4-0 defeat at Manchester City.
They also sang that of Potter’s predecessor Thomas Tuchel during the same game.
“I’m not after pity, I’m really grateful and privileged to be here,” Potter said.
“This club was run a certain way for 20 years and run really well. I have a lot of respect for the previous owner and what they achieved.
“We have to build things up again… This is a new era, a new chapter. We’re going through some pain, it’s difficult at the moment. I understand the frustration and appreciate the support.”
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