Chelsea Owner Todd Boehly Makes Appeal to Graham Potter as Board Debates Manager’s Future
After a recent run of form, Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has been urged to stick by Graham Potter. Unai Emery’s Aston Villa visit Stamford Bridge on Saturday, and the Spaniard has some kind words for his manager colleague.
Chelsea has won their last four games in all competitions. The victory over Leeds in early March ended a run of just one win in 11 games in 2023.
According to the Mail at the time, the Blues board was split on whether to fire Potter. Owner Boehly was one of the few who still supported the former Brighton manager.
Potter’s team was held to a 2-2 draw at home by struggling Everton just before the international break. However, Emery is seeing signs of improvement and has praised Potter ahead of the weekend clash.
Emery said: “They (Chelsea) have very good players and their coach (Potter) is amazing. His work in Brighton was amazing and he needs time to adapt his ideas to Chelsea. Progressively, they are doing better.
“He deserved to take a step ahead with a team like Chelsea – They are progressing, and everything he did in Brighton he can do in Chelsea.
“He needs time, he needs matches and to know his players better. They played very well in the Champions League. In the Premier League, they’re not keeping the balance of being consistent in the table.”
Villa and Chelsea are currently tied on points, sitting in 10th place, with Villa just behind on goal difference. Emery’s team has been performing similarly to Chelsea, having gone unbeaten in their last four matches, winning three of them. Emery anticipates a challenging match in west London against one of the Premier League’s top teams, boasting excellent players and a skilled coach.
“It’s a very good challenge, and I came here because I want to play against the best teams. We are in the same position.
“We are 11th but are close and with the same points as Chelsea. We are close to teams that are having a very good season – Fulham, Brentford, Brighton. We are excited by the prospect, for the first time, to be close to them.”