Chelsea manager Graham Potter reveals receiving ‘not very nice emails’ with death threats to him, his children
Graham Potter has revealed that he and his family received death threats due to fans’ dissatisfaction. Chelsea The results are far beyond the acceptable range.
Potter has been in contention since he was named Chelsea manager in September following last week’s loss to Southampton leaving the Blues 10th in the Premier League table with two top flight wins and only one home goal in 2023.
“Even though I had support, I had some not-so-pleasant emails that wanted me to die and wanted my kids to die, so obviously it’s frustrating to receive,” Potter said.
“Challenge for me: “Okay, how should I behave?” This is what I always refer to. The higher you climb, the more pressure there is on you as a person. I want to be successful here. There is this nonsense that I don’t care about. Where does it come from? your evidence for this?
“If you go to work and someone insults you, it will not be pleasant. You can answer this in two ways. I could say that I don’t care, but you know that I’m lying. Everyone cares what people think because we are programmed to be socially connected.
“Ask my family how life has turned out for me and for them. It wasn’t pleasant at all. I understand that the fans go home and they are annoyed that the team is not winning, but I assure you my life for the last three, four months has been pretty average, apart from the fact that I am very grateful for this experience.
Chelsea are ready to offer Potter and his family any help they need. Meanwhile, groups of fans surrounded those who sent out threats on behalf of their club; The Chelsea Fans Foundation insists that these people “do not represent” their fellow fans.
They said in a statement: “The Chelsea Supporters Foundation is appalled that Graham Potter and his family received death threats. The actions of these individuals are abhorrent and they do not represent Chelsea supporters. No manager or his family should be threatened. to any threats of this kind – we are deeply disappointed.
“While debate and criticism regarding staff and performance is part of the game, it should never escalate into abusive behavior towards individuals and family members. These threats are unacceptable and we support any subsequent investigation.”
Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Tottenham on Sunday, Potter admitted that there are those who have little sympathy for a man who is paid several million pounds a year. However, in an interview with Sky Sports, he continued to insist that the abuse did not shock him.
“The world is cruel for everyone,” he said at his press conference. “We are in an energy crisis, a cost-of-living crisis. People strike every week. Things are complicated, which is why no one wants to hear about the poor old Premier League manager. You asked me: “Is it hard?” and I say: “Yes, it is, you suffer.” You get upset when you are alone and you show real emotions with your family.
“My job is to act in the way that I think I should do in the best way for the team and the club, and to act with the integrity that suits me. I never want to be anyone else. I don’t want to pretend. I will be myself and I will do my best, and if my best qualities are not good enough, well, I accept it.
“You know there’s a problem when an email is sent from firstname.lastname@example.org.”