Revealed: How much it will cost Chelsea if they sack Graham Potter
Just 22 games into his reign as Chelsea manager, Potter admits he is already feeling the pressure having won just nine matches.
Chelsea manager Graham Potter will be in line for the biggest financial pay-off in football history if he is sacked by concerned Stamford Bridge chiefs.
Potter oversaw another night of disappointment as his expensively assembled Chelsea side drew a blank in a 0-0 stalemate that further dented the Blues hopes of a top four finish.
Just 22 games into his reign as Chelsea manager, Potter admits he is already feeling the pressure having won just nine matches and produced a win rate of a woeful 40.9 per-cent.
Chelsea owner Todd Boehly confirmed he is ready to axe misfiring managers when he sacked Champions League winning boss Thomas Tuchel last September.
Yet there are already doubts over whether Potter can play the fantasy football game he is being asked to play after Boehly sanctioned nearly £600million of transfer spending since his arrival at the club last year.
Potter's success has come building long-term projects with modest resources and that demands very different skills than those he is being asked to display dealing with superstar players at Chelsea.
The west London club already under the spotlight for apparently finding a way around UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules by handing out long contracts to star names and staggering the value of their signings over the course of their deals.
Now they could be faced with a fresh financial hit, with Potter sitting on a five-year contract worth in excess of £50million.
So if Boehly and Chelsea's co-Sporting Directors Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley lose faith with Potter, they would be forced to hand the Englishman the bulk of that sum over the next five years.
Failure to qualify for next season's Champions League would be a blow that may well cost Potter his job, but he insists he is determined to do all he can to remain in his post.
"There are always questions if you don’t get results," states Potter.
"In terms of the board, I’ve had full support. They have been very reassuring, but I’m not naive and if anyone I work for thinks the problem lies with me they have every right to say: 'Thank you very much but it’s not working' and I accept that.
"My aim is to try and gel this team together now. There is a lot of positivity around the club at the moment and we can all see the potential of this team is massive, but there is also expectation with the signings.
"You've got to look at all in terms of an investment, in terms of transfer fees and salaries. Sometimes you can sign a player for less of a transfer fee but the salaries are enormous.
"It just depends on how you structure the contract, how you structure the deal. We're confident with what we're doing, I think the club has done a good job. Now my job is to improve the team."
With £106million signing Enzo Fernandez and £88million buy Mykhailo Mudryk adding to the weight of expectation on Potter, he is also trying to manage renowned bad boy striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Arsenal off-loaded Aubameyang last year after manager Mikel Arteta confirmed he had one breach of discipline too many.
Now Potter is trying to manage the same problems, after he left the £350,000-a-week striker out of his Champions League squad due to the huge numbers of players now in his squad.
"I understand he will be disappointed," added Potter of Aubameyang.
It was a tough decision to leave him out of the Champions League squad, a tough call. We had three coming in and two had to go out. He was the one that missed out, he's done nothing wrong at all.
"He can still have a future at this club. He's got to keep working, train like he did today and be ready to play because football changes quickly. That's the nature of the game."
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