CHELSEA have no intention of axing Graham Potter – despite their alarming run of form.
The west Londoners are toiling in TENTH place in the Premier League table after seven defeats and are a whopping TEN points behind fourth-placed Manchester United.
Potter was brought in from Brighton to turn around the Blues’ fortunes, although they’ve got worse since his appointment.
Defeat to local rivals Fulham on Thursday heaped even more pressure on the 47-year-old, although the Stamford Bridge brass reportedly WON’T relieve him of his duties.
Potter is said to have been “informally assured” by the Blues board that he’d receive financial backing in the transfer window.
Goals from Willian and Carlos Vinicius condemned Chelsea to a 2-1 defeat – their first defeat to their neighbours in 16 years.
Potter admitted: “We are suffering at the moment. We’re suffering, the fans are suffering. We feel for them.
“It’s important to stick together and try to get through this tough period.”
He added: “It’s really frustrating, incredibly challenging. I feel for the supporters.
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“We’re disappointed to lose tonight. I felt it was a relatively even game in the first half, we had a couple of chances.
“But I think the basics we can do a little bit better, in terms of our defending and football actions.
“We get back in the game and the red card is where we’re at at the moment, in terms of things that can happen to us [do happen to us].
“To lose Joao [Felix] for three matches is really disappointing. Joao is a young player, a top player, you can see his quality and there wasn’t any malice [in the tackle] but the ref has a decision to make. He’ll learn from it.
“More than anything fantastic from the opponent, it was more our basic actions where we have to do better.”
Chelsea will look to stop the rot on Sunday when they welcome Crystal Palace to Stamford Bridge.