Chelsea have hired their own David Moyes and Todd Boehly must sack Graham Potter | Football | Sport
Home » Matches » Chelsea have hired their own David Moyes and Todd Boehly must sack Graham Potter | Football | Sport
Chelsea have hired their own David Moyes and Todd Boehly must sack Graham Potter | Football | Sport

When Chelsea hired Graham Potter as manager following the departure of Thomas Tuchel earlier in the season, they were taking a gamble - just like Manchester United did when they appointed David Moyes back in 2013. Fast-forward to now, and that decision has failed to pay off. After Saturday’s chastening 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa, it’s clear the 47-year-old is out of his depth - and Todd Boehly must now rectify his error by wielding the axe.

Chelsea managed 27 shots against Aston Villa, dominated the ball and completed more than double the amount of passes as their opponents.

But there was never really a genuine chance of victory, with Unai Emery’s side deserving their win, which was achieved courtesy of goals from Ollie Watkins and John McGinn.

After the game, Potter fronted up. He took responsibility for the loss, saying: "After a defeat there is always a disappointment.

"There is always a feeling we have not moved forward, that's fair to say. We have to analyse the performance and look at the things we've done well and what we can do better.

"Defensively we've left ourselves too open but again if you look at the stats of the game we had chances ourselves, we had one-v-ones, but the most important thing, putting the ball into the net, we were second-best.

Want the latest football news? Join our brand new Facebook group by clicking here

"I don't like to blame anybody, I have to take responsibility. We are a team, we have to stay together, we are together. We win or lose together.

"We will recover and we will prepare for the next game. We need to respond, that's clear. But we look forward to it."

There is a sense, however, that Potter is Chelsea’s very own Moyes.

The Scot got the job at Manchester United back in 2013 ahead of the likes of Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti, having been hand-picked by Ferguson as his replacement.

But Moyes was out of his depth on day one, having never won anything as a manager.

With Potter, it’s the same.

Chelsea Players just don’t respond to what he says. There’s no feeling that he’s authoritative enough to win round a huge dressing room over at Stamford Bridge.

A large chunk of the squad have trophies to their name already, having propelled the Blues to silverware during Tuchel’s time in the dugout.

Yes, Potter has inherited Players he probably doesn’t want. A few have come in who Boehly was clearly behind signing, too.

But Chelsea still have a talented squad and Potter is simply unable to get anything from them, no matter how hard he tries.

Boehly, for now, is unwilling to bring the axe crashing down on the former Brighton boss after roughly seven months in the job.

Yet he should. Especially with top managers available.

Antonio Conte would strike a tune from them. Though things didn’t work out at Tottenham for the Italian, he did do well when he was manager at Stamford Bridge between 2016 and 2018.

Mauricio Pochettino is on the market and, after winning trophies with Paris Saint-Germain, could fare better than Potter in west London.

And Julian Nagelsmann is now a free agent, too, following Bayern Munich’s ruthless decision to sack him at the end of last month.

Potter, like Moyes, doesn’t have the CV to justify having one of the biggest jobs in English football.

Boehly would be wise to pull the plug now rather than allowing this circus to go on any longer.

If he doesn’t, then things may only get worse - especially with Real Madrid in the Champions League coming up.

How they could do with that new manager bounce…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *