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Graham Potter’s tenure as Chelsea manager has been marked by inconsistency, with several former players advising him to emulate former Blues manager Jose Mourinho.
Chelsea manager Graham Potter has been told to channel his inner Jose Mourinho and be “more arrogant” as he attempts to re-establish the Blues.
Since being appointed as Thomas Tuchel’s successor, the former Brighton manager has had a slow start at Stamford Bridge. He has only won nine of his first 24 matches in all competitions.
The Blues have only won once this season, a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace over a month ago. Glen Johnson has told Potter that in order to solve Chelsea’s problems, he should emulate Blues legend Jose Mourinho and be more arrogant.
“Obviously, he is a very calm and calculated guy, so maybe that isn’t in his DNA,” Johnson told Lord Ping of Potter. I suppose a little arrogance is appropriate in the sense that if he walks around with confidence, it will only rub off on the players.
“To be honest, I’m not sure if he has that sort of personality trait. There are many excellent managers who deliver their messages in a different manner.
“Graham Potter is the type of guy who appears to come across as softer, obviously a gentleman, but every now and then, he may have to light off a firework.”
Potter has received advice from a former Chelsea defender. John Terry also said he needed to arrive at Stamford Bridge with the gravitas of three-time Premier League champion Jose Mourinho.
“I think you get them [the players] onside by day one, everyone is going to be watching,” the Chelsea legend said. How does he Potter behave in that first meeting, in that first training session? What is his posture like? Can he handle such a large dressing room?
“And if he’s been there since the beginning, players say, ‘Ooh hello’. Exactly as we did when Mourinho arrived. No one had really heard of him and then he comes in and goes, ‘I’m in charge’. If he has done something similar, both on and off the field, the players will respect him.”
As the pressure mounts, Potter appears to have attempted to show a different side of himself in recent weeks. Ahead of his team’s Champions League last-16 loss to Borussia Dortmund, he reacted angrily to suggestions that he did not get angry, which would be in stark contrast to his otherwise calm and composed personality.
When asked what was making him angry, Potter replied,
“Aside from these questions? I’d say I’m careful not to engage in debate with the media through the media, but I get angry, too, because I’m a human being like you.
“It’s just that I choose to conduct myself in the way that I believe is appropriate for being on the sidelines.“
But the question is whether you believe this is the best way for Graham Potter to improve his form. Should Graham Potter follow the advice? What are your thoughts?