Graham Potter was recently sacked as Chelsea boss. This was hardly surprising considering the club’s performances this season.
2022/23 will go down as one of the worst seasons for Chelsea since the inception of the Premier League in 1992. This season has been characterised by defeats, silly mistakes and poor approaches.
From start to finish, the Blues never really looked like they were worthy of being a side capable of challenging for the league title, let alone the top four.
Granted, the season has been one of learning for the club. It was the one that saw Roman Abramovich relinquish ownership of the club with a consortium led by American businessman Todd Boehly taking over. Boehly is no stranger to sports ownership, though football management and ownership is something that is new to him.
The American took a controversial decision early in his reign by axing Thomas Tuchel as manager and replacing him with Graham Potter. Prior to his appointment by the Blues, Potter had garnered a positive reputation at previous club Brighton and Hove Albion, helping to transform the Seagulls into a solid Premier League outfit.
However, the Englishman had never won a trophy. Many considered it a gamble as the West London club hardly hires managers who have not won major silverware.
Potter has made his fair share of mistakes this season but no manager, it must be said, would have been able to get the current Blues side to be worthy of winning the league due to the structural changes that took place behind the scenes as a result of the ownership change.
If one thing can be learnt, it is that Chelsea from here on must go with tried and tested managers rather than taking gambles. The club twice took gambles in recent years, with club legend Frank Lampard and then with Potter. Both did not work out well.