Sun 19 February 2023 | 23:48

Neville urges Chelsea 'hold their nerve' when it comes to Potter

The Blues have been on a dreadful run of form under manager Graham potter but Gary Neville still believes that Chelsea has to be patient with Potter

Graham Potter has delivered a dreadful record following his appointment as manager of the

Chelsea football club

. The Englishman has managed only 4 wins in 21 games. Chelsea have also won only one of their last 10 games in all competitions.

However, former Man Utd defender and current Sky Sports pundit Garry Neville believes that Chelsea must be patient with Potter even though he hasn’t delivered yet.

"Potter is under massive pressure. You can see it in his face. The chances they missed in the second half and the boos at the end of the game, felt a little ominous.”

Neville said on his podcast on Sky Sports.

"I think they'll want to do the right thing, the Chelsea owners.

"They've sacked a manager very early in the season in Thomas Tuchel, they've owned their new manager, they've brought recruitment assistants in alongside him, so they've invested heavily in Graham and his team… but they have to hold their nerve if they want to see it through.

"But I suspect that nerve is being tested, as any owner's would be when you've spent that level of money and you're losing games at home to the [side] bottom of the league."

Judging from his time at Brighton Hove & Albion, Neville claims that Graham Potter is a brilliant manager still.

"He's a fantastic coach,"

Neville said.

"You get the idea he'd like to build a pattern of play with a group of players on a consistent basis and he's got 33 of them staring at him down the barrel saying 'play me'.

"And these aren't junior players, they're senior internationals and I can't imagine what it must be like to have 33 players.

"He's got 22 players who are not going to play. If they're all fit – how do you even get them all into a training session?

"They needed to unload players off Graham Potter to take the pressure of handling all those players that are expecting to play every single week."

But he feels that there are conflicting interests at Chelsea, with Todd Boehly’s vision for the club being different from what Potter aims to achieve.

"I've used the word chaotic and I think it has been chaotic in the first six months of the Boehly ownership,"

Neville said.

 "I won't change my mind on that.

"They've invested heavily, they're putting their money where their mouth is and are saying all the right things.

"But at this moment in time, it won't be a successful project when you have 33 players all looking at the manager and a manager who wants to build a measured project.

"It feels a little bit conflicted with what Potter would ordinarily be really strong at and what the ownership seem to want in respect of filling a squad and accumulating players of that sort of volume."



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