New Chelsea manager Graham Potter has been working closely with unhappy players during the first few days of his reign at Stamford Bridge, according to transfer insider Dean Jones..
What’s the word?
The journalist has claimed that the 47-year-old wants to see how things play out in the “early weeks” of his time in charge of the Blues before making any rash decisions regarding personnel and potential signings.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT about the Chelsea boss, Jones said: “I know he’s had a lot of one-to-one conversations to understand the disappointments of the players that have been left out of the team and he’s spoken about players that he knows will have a key role.
“I think he just wants to see how things go in the early weeks before making any rash decisions on what players will need to come in.”
A positive revelation
For a club who have just spent more than £250m in the summer transfer window, this is perhaps the best port of call.
With this seemingly being Potter’s natural approach, with his competency in man management shining through, it is yet another sign that Todd Boehly got it right with this appointment.
Speaking ahead of his first game in charge of the Blues, last night’s Champions League clash against Red Bull Salzburg, the 47-year-old gave an insight into his football beliefs and how he expects his teamto play.
Potter stated: “I want a tactically flexible, attacking, possession-based team. Players that are brave, that aren’t afraid to make mistakes. That can get on the ball and show courage and really try to enjoy their football.
“If the players are enjoying their football, there’s a chance that the supporters will enjoy it as well. That’s how you grow and develop as a club.
“Styles of play don’t make you win games. The challenge is having players believe in it and how it works.
“In my position you cannot use time as an excuse. You can talk philosophy, identity, all these nice words, but you have to think in the short term as well. We are in a results game and you have to try and do your best to win.”
Off the field, Potter seems to have made a positive impression so far, showing the right signs in leading the club forward in an empathetic, player-friendly manner.
There can be little doubt that those who may have felt pushed aside by Thomas Tuchel will appreciate the one-on-one dialogue with their new manager.