A depressed person Todd Boehly appeared on the verge of tears as he watched Chelsea crumble to Tottenham, adding to the pressure on manager Graham Potter.
The American billionaire was in the stands at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday as goals from Oliver Skipp and Harry Kane gave Spurs a vital three points in their pursuit of the top four, while Chelsea lost for the third time in a row.
The Blues have now lost five of their last six games and have only won twice in the Premier League since mid-October. Boehly is now facing mounting pressure to fire Potter, who was only appointed six months ago… . Reading Continued
Since then, the club’s owners have dug deep into their pockets, spending more than £300 million in the January transfer window after a summer spending spree.
Only two of Chelsea’s new signings, British record signing Enzo Fernandez and loanee Joao Felix, started the match between the London rivals, with Mykhaylo Mudryk coming off the bench.
But Skipp’s long-range strike shortly after halftime gave Spurs the lead, which Kane sealed with a close-range strike following a corner late in the game.
Fans believe the outcome may be the final straw for the under-fire Potter.
“Tears Todd Boehly is actually feeling it,” one Twitter user wrote alongside an image of Chelsea’s owner.
“The look of a man who has to make a big decision,” said another. Sack him, @todd boehly,” one fan said, while another said, “If [Roman] Abramovich was in charge, Potter would be gone before the final whistle.”
Others believed Potter would not be fired, with one fan writing,
“Man, he won’t sack him. It’s very annoying that he sees this and doesn’t fire him.”
Chelsea’s owners are adamant that the former Brighton manager is their man for the long haul, but Potter has admitted that he cannot count on their continued support if results do not improve soon.
Asked after the game if Chelsea’s current form was testing the owners’ faith, he replied:
“Of course. It applies to any job, anywhere. If the results aren’t satisfactory, which they aren’t, you can’t always rely on help. “It’s my job to keep going.”
Todd Boehly must make a choice.
Pressed on whether he thought he could turn things round, he said:
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“Yeah because I know the personality and quality in the team. It is a difficult time.
The level of confidence isn’t particularly high. I know the personality, and the response in training has been fantastic, but we can’t translate that to results on the field.”