Chelsea’s right-back Despite a 2-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, Reece James has urged fans to stick with the club and Graham Potter.
The Blues were well beaten and have only scored once this month, while the result increased pressure on Potter, who has overseen just two wins in all competitions since the Premier League resumed after the World Cup break, and has seen his side score just six times since then.
It leaves Potter with the unenviable record of being the Blues’ worst manager since 1996, when Glenn Hoddle left the club, and defeat at the weekend would see him fall behind the England star and become the club’s worst manager since 1979.
However, defender James has admitted that it is the fault of both the players and the coach, and has warned that Potter’s ability is ‘not in doubt,’ despite the fact that results could take ‘weeks and months’ to arrive.
“We’re all on the same page, and we’re sticking together, which is a big plus,” he told beIN SPORTS.
“[Potter] he is in a similar situation to us. We’re the ones out there on the field performing, so as much criticism as he gets, the players are also out there playing; we’re all in this together.
“Everyone has seen what a great manager he is. That was evident when he was at Brighton, where they were in or near the top four. His ability is undeniably impressive.
“It’s not that we’re not trying; we’re giving it our all, but the results aren’t going our way right now. It’s not that the players are sacking it or anything; we’re working hard; it’s just that results aren’t falling our way right now.
“Nothing happens in an instant. We won’t just wake up tomorrow and be out of this situation; it will take weeks and months to get to where we’re supposed to be.”