Chelsea manager Graham Potter has opened up about receiving death threats amidst the club’s poor run of form over the last few months. The Blues have won just 9 out of 25 games under Potter and hence have received heavy criticism from fans and footballing experts. This uproar by fans is also based on the club’s massive expenditure in the transfer windows.
Over the summer and winter windows, Chelsea have brought on over 15 new players while spending north of €400m. Hence supporters have questioned the club’s future plans. Addressing these issues, Potter talked about the pressure of managing these expectations with a new set of players and the hateful messages he has received over these few months.
While speaking in the press conference ahead of the game against Tottenham Hotspur, Potter said, “People have a perception I don’t care — what’s that based on? How do you know? You could ask my family how life has been for me and for them. It’s been not pleasant at all. I understand supporters go home and they’re annoyed because the team aren’t winning. But I assure you, my life for the last three or four months has been fairly average.”
“I’ve had some not particularly nice emails come through, that want me to die and want my kids to die. That’s obviously not pleasant to receive. If you’ve been asked for four months if you’re under pressure because (the media) need to sell stuff - what do you expect, in the end?"
Entering this game, Chelsea lost to the last-placed Southampton 1-0 in Stamford Bridge as they continue to sit 10th on the PL table. Another staggering problem Potter is dealing with is Chelsea’s goalscoring as the Blues scored one goal in the month of February.