Chelsea manager Potter blames ‘crisis meeting’ for lateness in dig at reporters

Chelsea manager Graham Potter trolled reporters after arriving late to Friday’s press conference.

The Blues boss has come under increasing pressure after his rough start to life at Stamford Bridge, having lost nine and drawn seven of his 25 matches in charge. His latest blow came in a 1-0 defeat to Southampton last Saturday, after which many were left questioning his future.

And with several media outlets claiming the club held a 'crisis meeting' earlier in the week, the manager made light of his precarious position ahead of Sunday’s London derby at Tottenham Hotspur.

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“Sorry I’m late guys, I’ve just come out of a crisis meeting,” Potter joked as he took a seat at his press conference with a wry smile.

After the journalists in attendance burst into laughter, the Englishman was then asked by a reporter how it went, to which he responded: “Well, I’m still here!”

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The former Brighton & Hove Albion boss’ upbeat attitude may have done enough to quell the fears of some pro-Potter fans for the time being. But all eyes will be on the trip to north London this weekend, in what is surely a must-win game.

Since Boehly took over in the summer, Chelsea have spent £583million on new players over two transfer windows. Yet Potter has been unable to find a winning combination as of yet, despite the Blues going on to acquire the services of eight new players in January alone.

Chelsea have been knocked out of both the Carabao and FA Cup, and are way down in 10th in the Premier League. Yet there have been suggestions that Boehly has sympathy for the Englishman, who had no pre-season and has had to integrate a plethora of new stars without sufficient time.

Boehly is also said to have examined the situation at Arsenal, whereby the Gunners hierarchy stuck out several difficult periods with Mikel Arteta over the past three years. Arsenal have since been rewarded with an Arteta revolution that sees them lead the Premier League table.


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