The Blues have been on a dismal run of only one win in eight league video games which has seen them drop to tenth within the Premier League desk. A 4-0 FA Cup defeat to Manchester Metropolis on Sunday additionally left the membership out of each home cup competitions.
It comes amid a backdrop of possession change, costly and chaotic recruitment, and an harm disaster because the membership overhauls its backroom employees, together with the medical division.
Talking forward of a pivotal west London derby away at Fulham within the Premier League, Potter tried to elucidate simply how difficult he has discovered his new job.
“Change is a challenge in any organisation. Listen, I am sure that the changes happened because of events outside of this and us. It’s not like there’s been a coup,” he instructed reporters, referring to sanctions on Roman Abramovich by the UK Authorities that pressured a change of possession at Stamford Bridge.
“This is what it is. We have to deal with the new and we have to build things up again because things have changed, things have gone and left. That’s part of the challenge to come and I understood that things would be difficult from a leadership perspective.
“It is a challenge, stimulating and ridiculously hard. I think it is probably the hardest job in football because of that leadership change and the expectation – because rightly where people see Chelsea.
“I obviously didn’t think we’d lose 10 first-team players but that’s where we are at. All I can do is speak to you guys honestly, give my perspective and understand the criticism if you lose.”
That honesty won’t be sufficient to appease supporters who chanted for each Roman Abramovich and Thomas Tuchel in Chelsea’s most up-to-date defeat.
There may be frustration amongst supporters concerning the lack of affect from every part that’s new aabout Chelsea. That’s associated to the homeowners, supervisor and new signings – who price over £300million however have but to make an affect.
Requested whether or not cash has been wasted within the switch market by Customary Sport, Potter defined that Chelsea aren’t simply rebuilding the squad however the entire membership.
“I think this club was run a certain way for 20 years and run really well,” he added. “I have a lot of respect for the previous owner and what they achieved and did. It is fantastic. Unfortunately, they’re not here anymore and you’ve lost all that leadership.
“It’s a new ownership group, everything has changed pretty quickly. When you look at everything that’s happened for the last six to 12 months, it is an incredible amount that’s happened. Sometimes that can manifest itself in different things and in different ways.
“I think it would be disrespectful, almost, to think that’s gone and expect it to pick up with all the new staff, structures and people. Lots of things went and you have to try to build it up again.
“At the same time you’ve still got Chelsea with the demands and expectations, but the reality of where the club is in terms of establishing itself as a well-run football club that functions well in a really competitive environment – maybe we’re not there yet.
“In my head, I think that’s quite easy to understand and get. I know there’s a lot of people that don’t see it that way. I am trying to explain but I also acknowledge that I am the head coach and when we lose that I’m to blame. They don’t really want to hear from me in terms of that perspective. They want to hear about a team and I get it.”
Regardless of Potter’s legitimate factors concerning the issues at Chelsea for the reason that takeover, the supporters are unlikely to tolerate many additional poor outcomes.
I feel we’re in a spot the place we are able to transfer ahead.
The supervisor says he’s doing what he can to show outcomes round amid a mutinous ambiance, calling a gathering of the management group at Stamford Bridge to attempt to discover the positivity and management that the crew is missing.
He famous: “I spoke really at length yesterday with Thiago [Silva], [Cesar] Azpilicueta, Jorginho, [Mateo] Kovacic – we had a really good conversation. They again showed their qualities as people.
“They were honest, articulated their concerns well. They articulated their positivity, the articulated their responsibility. And I think we are in a place where we can move forward.”