Former Chelsea defender claims Potter should be sacked after ‘unnecessary’ comments

Chelsea boss Graham Potter puts his hands on his head Credit: Alamy
Chelsea boss Graham Potter puts his hands on his head Credit: Alamy

Former Chelsea defender Mario Melchiot claims that Graham Potter should be sacked by the Blues as he wouldn’t have lasted “in my time”.

The Blues are going through a tough period with Potter’s side only winning one match in their last 11 outings in all competitions.

Chelsea hit a new low with their 1-0 loss to Premier League bottom side Southampton ten days ago and were booed off the pitch by supporters at the final whistle.

The Blues failed to bounce back in their London derby against Tottenham at the weekend with goals from Oliver Skipp and Harry Kane inflicting another defeat on Chelsea.

That result means Chelsea are now 14 points adrift of fourth-placed Spurs, who occupy the final Champions League spot, and remain in tenth position in the Premier League.

Ahead of their match against Tottenham, Potter referred to Mikel Arteta’s time in charge of Arsenal as he answered the boo boys, he said: “Two years into Mikel’s reign he’s close to getting the sack and people are wanting him out and it’s a disaster. Now things have changed a little bit – and that’s just the way it is.”

Former Chelsea defender Melchiot has a bit of sympathy for Potter but reckons the Englishman would’ve already been sacked if it was during his time playing.

Melchiot said on ESPN: “In my time, Graham Potter wouldn’t last, that’s all I can say.

“When I was playing, no. I feel sorry for him, I know everyone is talking about him, but with results like this… I have to be sorry and make a change.

“He talks about the All or Nothing [documentary] of Arsenal, little things that are not necessary.

“What is important now is picking your starting XI and sticking with it. Then you focus on the details.”

Potter revealed at his press conference late last week that he had received death threats following their result against Southampton.

“I’ve had some not particularly nice emails come through, that want me to die,” Potter said.

“That’s obviously not pleasant to receive.”

Potter added: “With the results as they are, you accept criticism.

“That’s not to say it’s easy at all. Your family life suffers, your mental health suffers, your personality – it is hard.”

When asked about Potter’s comments about the position he was in before the Gunners’ recent success, Arsenal boss Arteta told reporters: “We all know the pressure, the demands and the uncertainty that this industry has.

“You can have difficulties in your job and challenges, which we do, especially when you lose, but when you are winning as well because this job is so demanding.

“But you cannot destroy your life because of that.”

Arteta continued: “Your family, your friends, your loved ones, the people around you, don’t deserve to have their lives affected in such a negative way because you don’t win a football match.

“So that balance I think in my case was critical, but you need some help, someone to paint that picture in front of you because sometimes when you are in that position it is not easy to see.”

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