Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, has requested that Graham Potter be allowed more time to turn things around at Chelsea.
The Blues manager came under increasing pressure following Sunday’s FA Cup elimination by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
With only one victory in their previous eight games in all competitions, the defeat made Chelsea’s poor performances under Potter even worse.
Graham Potter said after the 4-0 loss:
“I understand their [the supporters’] frustration. They are Chelsea supporters and are accustomed to better than this, so I can appreciate their view.
“All I know is that we’re working really, really hard. We’re in a tough moment and I think if we want to accomplish anything sometimes there’s going to be a struggle and that’s clearly what we’re in.
“That’s the challenge for us all, to try and stick together. I acknowledge the feelings of the supporters and I understand them.”
But Guardiola has urged patience, saying the former Brighton manager needs more time to make things right.
Guardiola on talkSPORT said:
“I would say to Todd Boehly, give him time, I know in big clubs, results are important but I’d say give him time.
“The second half is what he is. What he’s done at Brighton is outstanding, but… we need time in the first season. I had (Lionel) Messi in Barcelona my first season so I didn’t need two seasons because Messi was there.”