Graham Potter is apparently adored by several of Chelsea’s senior players.
According to numerous Athletic sources close to the experienced camp members, they have ‘recently remarked how much they ‘loved Potter’.
This is without a doubt the uplifting message that the boss of the Blues needs right now in his moment of darkness.
An ominous cloud has covered Stamford Bridge in recent weeks, where until very recently it was full of sunshine.
Pressure on Potter getting hotter
Potter’s future as Chelsea manager is already under consideration, after three successive Premier League defeats.
The club has not suffered the same fate since 2015, when José Mourinho lost his job after losing to West Ham United, Stoke City and Liverpool.
While Mourinho’s most recent replacement in south-west London is highly unlikely to face dismissal at the moment, his job is certainly under fire.
Fortunately for Potter, it appears he not only has the backing of the board, but his team as well.
He’s clearly a very likeable character, who has a track record of managing the man efficiently.
Unfortunately, being friendly doesn’t win football games.
Their side has been too soft recently, allowing opponents to turn them around and take advantage of the weak underside.
Even when Chelsea showed some resistance against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup, they still fell to a 2-0 loss.
Any part of that struggle seemed to evaporate in the next game, as Newcastle United easily cruised to a 1-0 victory at Saint James’ Park on Saturday.
The World Cup will no doubt offer a welcome break to Potter, who desperately needs some time away from the spotlight.