Graham Potter is under pressure at Chelsea after a poor run of games has seen them drop to 10th in the Premier League table.
The ex-Brighton boss made an impressive start to life at Stamford Bridge, with wins over Crystal Palace, Wolves and Aston Villa.
He also guided the west London club to top spot in a tricky Champions League group.
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But a difficult spell prior to the World Cup break saw a lot of his good work undone, meaning a positive start to the return to club football was vital.
Instead, after beating Bournemouth 2-0, Chelsea played terribly in the 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest.
Then, the Blues played well against Manchester City but ultimately lost as a result of lacklustre defending from Marc Cucurella.
And, given Chelsea’s past of sacking managers, people are starting to believe that time is running out for Potter to turn things around.
Potter needs time more than money
Todd Boehly has splashed the cash since becoming Chelsea owner, bringing in the likes of Cucurella, Wesley Fofana and Raheem Sterling for big money in the summer transfer window.
Since then, he has signed young players such as Benoit Badiashile, David Datro Fofana and Andrey Santos to be part of a long-term project.
Now, when an owner spends around €350 million on new players, they typically expect instant results.
🚨 Graham Potter has called Chelsea players into training today to “Resolve some tactical issues” (@NizaarKinsella)
— Pys (@CFCPys) January 6, 2023
But in this case, Potter deserves at least 12 months before he is judged on his performance.
The former Swansea City manager has been dealt a bad hand. Injuries to key men such as Reece James and Ben Chilwell, working with players that aren’t in his plans and the World Cup in Qatar are all valid excuses as to why things haven’t gone so well.
It looks like Boehly is working with Potter to fix the clubs’ issues, by spending a fortune on talent from around the world.
But what Potter needs most is time – time to ‘build a team nobody wants to play against.’