Graham Potter, manager of Chelsea, has said that leading the club is “arguably the hardest job in football.”
While trying to save the English football club’s season amid an injury crisis and after a summer of dramatic upheaval across all parts of the club, Potter stated he was not looking for sympathy.
He noted that even though the club changed hands in May, hopes at Stamford Bridge have remained strong.
At that time, a group led by Todd Boehly completed a club takeover for 4.25 billion pounds, or $5.17 billion.
A single victory in their last eight games has been all that’s kept Chelsea from falling to 10th place in the English Premier League (EPL).
They have also been eliminated from the FA Cup and the League Cup, with last year’s pricey transfer additions failing to make much of an impression.
“It is a challenge, stimulating and ridiculously hard,” Potter said before Chelsea’s game at Fulham on Thursday. It is probably the hardest job in football because of that leadership change and the expectations because of, rightly, where people see Chelsea.
“The reality of where the club is in terms of establishing itself as a well-run football club that functions well in a competitive environment, maybe we’re not there yet.
“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.”
During Sunday’s 4-0 loss to Manchester City, Chelsea fans sang the name of previous owner Roman Abramovich, who oversaw extraordinary success during nearly two decades in power.
During the same game, they also sang Thomas Tuchel, who, before Potter, a eulogy.
“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 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.”