Graham Potter claims to have the “complete support” of Chelsea’s owners and players as he attempts to turn around the club’s fortunes following a disappointing start to his tenure.
Potter’s team has won just one of their last eight Premier League games, falling to Manchester City 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.
Speculation about the former Brighton manager’s future has grown, but he has stated that he does not require validation from anyone outside the club.
“They’re billionaires, so they’re pretty smart,” he said. “You’re definitely smarter than me. So they understand our challenges and the direction we want to take. I’ve been here four months, with five or six weeks taken up by international football.
“I think Pep Guardiola was at City a year before they’d won anything, and then obviously Mikel Arteta and Jurgen Klopp took a bit of time. But, for some reason, it’s obviously different for me. But I’m not going to put a time limit on it. I am aware of the gravity of our situation.
“But I also know that I am capable, that I have quality, and that I have the complete support of the owners, the players, and the staff here.”
Chelsea will face City once more in the FA Cup third round on Sunday, this time at the Etihad.
Raheem Sterling and Christian Pulisic were both forced off the field on Thursday, adding to Potter’s injury nightmare, which he described as “unprecedented.”
N’Golo Kante, Reece James, Wesley Fofana, Mason Mount, Ben Chilwell, Armando Broja, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and Edouard Mendy are among those who could join them.
The Blues manager claimed that judging him on a season marred by an injury crisis and the World Cup was unfair.
“I’m not some egomaniac who has all the answers and gets everything right,” he explained. “Of course, that isn’t true. However, there are some challenges that we face, as well as some difficult margins in the Premier League.
“We’ve had a lot of transition issues in terms of injuries, which doesn’t make it easy to be stable.”