When Graham Potter accepted the Chelsea job final week he may have identified he was strolling right into a chaotic state of affairs, however no person may have predicted what got here instantly afterwards.
Hours after his announcement as the brand new Chelsea supervisor, one of many largest information tales in years broke as it was confirmed that the Queen had died.
The connections to Potter’s time at Chelsea have been instantly and are nonetheless now being labored out. At first the ripple results regarded optimistic. Most importantly, final weekend’s recreation towards Fulham was known as off, that means that relatively than dashing to get himself into the dugout for a recreation 48 hours later, Potter was given just a few days to not less than get settled in at Cobham.
However it wasn’t a one off, and the disruption hasn’t ended there. Websites with Chelsea live scores don’t know whether or not so as to add these video games or take away them, even with simply a few days earlier than kick off.
The subsequent recreation on the agenda was Wednesday night time’s Champions League recreation towards RB Salzburg, a match given additional significance due to the very fact we misplaced our opening group recreation. That’s now been confirmed as OK to proceed – however solely now, on a Monday afternoon 48 hours earlier than kick off. Hardly ideal for Potter and his new backroom staff, not to mention the gamers.
Then there’s the small matter of this Sunday’s recreation towards Liverpool. That’s set to kick off 10 days after the Queen’s loss of life, however the truth that the funeral will happen in London is placing the sport into critical doubt. All of the issues we’re readying now are suggesting that it simply received’t have the ability to occur.
In order that small advantage of a postponed recreation is now wanting closely outweighed by the negatives. The confusion of disruption of our season will go properly past this week of uncertainty, as these postponed video games are crammed into an already unworkably packed schedule.
Potter will relish every single day he will get on the coaching floor, however these additional days now are coming at the price of relaxation additional down the road, and as a supervisor who has but to teach in Europe, he’s obtained critical challenges to face when it comes to protecting the squad recent by means of a uniquely testing season which simply obtained made much more sophisticated.
The earlier we discover out about this Sunday’s recreation the higher, for the gamers, for the followers, and most of all for the brand new supervisor, who has sufficient on his plate as it’s.