Chelsea’s Graham Potter has points to unravel, however can study from David Moyes and Brendan Rodgers

Graham Potter will take cost of Chelsea for the primary time in Wednesday’s Champions League Group E conflict towards FC Salzburg at Stamford Bridge, however having taken his first coaching session and delivered his mission assertion to his new squad, the brutal actuality of elite soccer is that the majority of Potter’s gamers may have already fashioned an opinion of their new boss earlier than taking part in a sport below him.

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Potter, 47, was employed as supervisor final week following Thomas Tuchel’s dismissal by new Chelsea proprietor Todd Boehly. He’s simply as prone to have made a constructive impression within the dressing room than a destructive one. In spite of everything, in his earlier jobs at Brighton, Swansea and Swedish membership Ostersunds FK, Potter cast a popularity as one of many brightest coaches within the sport — a tactical thinker who builds groups that play thrilling, attacking soccer and carry out past expectations.

However whereas his appointment as Chelsea supervisor is undoubtedly a lift for the popularity of English coaches — remember, no English supervisor has gained the Premier League, whereas Liverpool’s Joe Fagan was the final English boss to win the European Cup/Champions League in 1984 — there are additionally numerous seen crimson flags Potter should handle if he’s to make a hit of the job, and it could be naive to recommend that the agency backing of Boehly offers him safety for any storms forward. Simply ask David Moyes how a lot safety his six-year contract at Manchester United provided when outcomes went towards him and he was sacked inside a yr.

The primary crimson flag is raised the second any new supervisor walks by way of the door and meets his gamers for the primary time. The messaging is essential, and Potter walked right into a dressing room stacked with gamers who’ve gained World Cup, Champions League and Premier League trophies; with out with the ability to match that success himself as both a participant or coach, he’s already coping with a sceptical viewers.

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What he achieved at Brighton — 42 wins from 135 video games and maintaining them within the Premier League for 4 seasons, with the membership’s highest-ever end of ninth final marketing campaign — will rely for little at Chelsea as a result of he’s coping with gamers who’ve far larger expectations than these he labored with on the Amex Stadium.

This may appear harsh, however Moyes had the identical downside when he succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson at Man United, and he immediately raised doubts amongst his new gamers by telling them he would make the workforce higher by making the squad fitter. Elite gamers at all times wish to enhance and win; Potter’s messaging has to have the ability to persuade the dressing room that he can take the workforce and gamers to a brand new stage.

The identical applies to his coaches. Moyes stayed loyal to his Everton workers at United, working with coaches who had by no means skilled a world-class squad, and so they had been unable to encourage or encourage the gamers at Previous Trafford. Potter has taken 5 members of his Brighton backroom workers to Chelsea together with assistant Billy Reid, the previous Hamilton Academical supervisor, which is a daring transfer contemplating the depth of big-club expertise and expertise in his squad at Chelsea.



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Brendan Rodgers took cost of Liverpool in 2012 with an identical profession trajectory to Potter — his earlier jobs had been at Watford, Studying and Swansea Metropolis — however he was capable of succeed the place Moyes failed at United as a result of he inherited a dressing room that was now not accustomed to profitable. On the time of his arrival, Liverpool had gained only one trophy in six years and the squad was in want of a rebuild. Rodgers didn’t meet the form of resistance that Moyes met and that Potter can also come throughout with gamers who, lower than 18 months in the past, gained the Champions League with Chelsea.

Rodgers was given time to make modifications to Liverpool’s squad and taking part in type, and he nearly delivered the Premier League title in 2014. Jurgen Klopp has clearly taken Liverpool to a special stage since changing Rodgers in 2015, however the Rodgers period was a hit in that he put Liverpool on the right track to win once more. He additionally made Liverpool higher regardless of errors made by the membership’s house owners on the time. Fenway Sports activities Teams took possession of Liverpool 18 months earlier than Rodgers arrived and so they had been nonetheless studying on the job, particularly when it comes to participant recruitment, when the brand new supervisor was appointed.

Potter has an identical downside to take care of at Chelsea. Boehly has been working the membership solely since Could and the L.A. Dodgers co-owner oversaw an enormous £271 million summer time spending spree, which introduced in massive names equivalent to Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly, however left the membership with out a centre-forward following the departures of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner.

Having spent a lot in a single window, monetary truthful play laws will limit Chelsea’s spending in January and subsequent summer time, which means Potter should work with a squad that’s arguably imbalanced and unquestionably underperforming over the months forward. All coaches need gamers who can match their necessities, and lots of like youthful gamers who usually tend to be receptive to alter and new strategies, however Potter is essentially caught with what he has.

Already, with an inexperienced new proprietor and a bunch of seasoned gamers with profitable careers, Potter has sizable issues to beat.

Underneath former proprietor Roman Abramovich, Chelsea tended to nominate the very best or largest title obtainable as supervisor. The gamers and followers grew accustomed to the likes of Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Antonio Conte and Tuchel working the workforce, so hiring the Brighton supervisor — a coach with simply the Swedish Cup on his CV — whose taking part in profession was largely spent in England’s decrease leagues, is a transparent change in fact by the brand new house owners.

Potter is, with out query, a gifted coach and rising star in administration, however his new gamers will not give him time to make them higher. They may anticipate to be impressed from day one and he’ll meet resistance from those that do not buy into his strategies. It’s the similar for any supervisor at any stage, however at a membership as massive as Chelsea, endurance solely comes with outcomes and Potter cannot waste any time in relation to delivering victories on the pitch.