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Where does Graham Potter rank among Chelsea’s worst ever Premier League managers?

The Chelsea man was sacked on Sunday night


Chelsea and Graham Potter parted ways just seven months after the ex-Brighton coach arrived in west London at the end of a weekend that saw the Blues slip out of the top half of the Premier League.

The Englishman oversaw a tricky time for the Blues including major change to the squad, with eight signings made in January alone.

But despite a strong start to his Stamford Bridge career, results have been hard to come by since the World Cup break, and the Blues have won just four Premier League games since the top flight restarted.

A disappointing 2-2 draw with relegation-threatened Everton was followed by a tragic 2-0 loss to Aston Villa, both in front of a Stamford Bridge crowd that booed their side off the pitch, piling further pressure on Potter.

Tuned for success courtesy of the reign of Roman Abramovich, Chelsea fans were beginning to demand change, and Potter was ultimately relieved of his duties on Sunday evening, in which Todd Boehly explained:

‘On behalf of everyone at the club, we want to thank Graham sincerely for his contribution to Chelsea. We have the highest degree of respect for Graham as a coach and as a person. He has always conducted himself with professionalism and integrity and we are all disappointed in this outcome.”

He leaves west London with Chelsea in 11th and with a Premier League record of: Played 22, won 7, drawn 7, lost 8. Goals scored: 21. Goals conceded: 21.

But, he is not quite the worst manager that Chelsea have had in the Premier League, with his win % just slightly ahead of Glenn Hoddle, who took charge for three years between 1993 and 1996 before retiring.

The ten worst ever Chelsea Premier League managers

ManagerPL Games in chargeWin %Points per Game
1Glenn Hoddle12231.11.27
2Ian Porterfield29311.28
3Graham Potter2231.81.27
4Guus Hiddink (second spell)27371.52
5Andre Villas-Boas27481.7
6Ruud Gullit7147.81.63
7Frank Lampard5749.11.67
8Gianluca Vialli8647.71.77
9Claudio Ranieri146521.82
10Luiz Felipe Scolari25561.96

Potter’s time in west London will go down in history for a variety of reasons, not least because of his record, but also because of the massive change going on around him and the lack of time that the ex-Brighton man was afforded to turn things around.

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Ben Browning

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