Chelsea boss Graham Potter refuses to make Boehly request as Premier League reign begins


Chelsea boss Graham Potter has insisted he will not ask for special treatment from the club’s owners and ask for time to settle into his new role, accepting that patience is not a part of modern football. The new head coach is preparing his side for his first Premier League game against Crystal Palace since taking charge earlier this month and is under no illusions that he has to get his side winning quickly.

Boehly made the brutal decision to axe Thomas Tuchel just days after completing a £272million spend in the transfer market, hiring Potter as his replacement with one eye on a long-term vision under the 47-year-old.

Potter has earned a reputation as one of England’s most promising coaches during his three-year reign at Brighton, but the Englishman has refused to ask for time in order to implement his coaching methods on his new squad.

“I don’t want to be that guy who is asking for time. The coaching process, it helps if you have time,” Potter said, ahead of Saturday’s clash at Selhurst Park. “We’re in a world where there isn’t a lot of patience. All I can do is try my best, improve, work with the players.”

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Potter took charge of his first game in the Champions League after their fixtures against Liverpool and Fulham were postponed following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8.

And while there were glimpses of how his philosophy had rubbed off on his players in their two training sessions together, it was simply not enough time for Potter to stamp his authority on the squad.

However, the three-week gap between their last fixture and the present has allowed the Chelsea head coach to get to know his players more on the training ground and develop his relationship with them.

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