UNPLEASANT: Chealsea manager, Graham Potter, laments death threats from fans
Chelsea manager Graham Potter has revealed that he and his family have received death threats.
Potter left Brighton and Hove Albion in September after being lured away by Chelsea to replace Thomas Tuchel.
However, it has been far from a smooth ride for Potter at the helm of the Stamford Bridge club.
The team’s recent poor run of form has left Potter under mounting pressure.
Chelsea are currently 10th in the Premier League table, having won just two out of their last 14 matches.
Ahead of their London derby against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, Potter revealed that he and his family have been hit with death threats.
He said: “As much as I’ve had the support I’ve had some not very nice emails that have come through that want me to die and want my kids to die, so obviously that’s not pleasant to receive.
“The challenge for me is, ‘OK, how do I conduct myself?’ That’s what I always turn around to. The higher you go, the more pressure you have on how you are as a person. I want to succeed here. There is this nonsense that I don’t care. Where does that come from? Where’s your evidence on that?”
Potter added: “If you go to work and somebody’s swearing abuse at you, it’s not going to be pleasant. You can answer it two ways. I could say I don’t care, but you know I’m lying. Everyone cares what people think because we’re hardwired to be socially connected.
“Ask my family how life has been for me and for them. It’s been not pleasant at all. I understand supporters go home and they’re annoyed because the team aren’t winning but, I assure you, my life for the last three, four months has been fairly average, apart from the fact I’m really grateful for this experience.”
Potter has reiterated that he is determined to steer Chelsea out of this tough spell and move them back up the Premier League table.
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