chelsea promised to offer Graham Potter Any support the manager needs after threatening emails were sent to him and his family.

Potter said he was targeted by an anonymous account following the team’s recent poor form, which continued with a 1-0 home loss to Southampton last Saturday.

Later, some fans behind the bunker at Stamford Bridge called for the manager to leave as the atmosphere became increasingly hostile as the game progressed. Personal attacks on social media have also increased following the Saints’ loss, but these have now escalated to threats sent directly to him.

Potter, who previously said he believed he had the hardest job in football, was nevertheless visibly optimistic ahead of his team’s trip to Tottenham on Sunday, and joked that he was late because he was in a “crisis meeting” with the club’s owners. .

He spoke about the personal toll of the past months and positively denied accusations that a calm demeanor in the face of adversity meant he didn’t care about the club.

“If you go to work and someone swears at you, it won’t be nice,” Potter said. “You can answer that in two ways. I can say I don’t care, but you know I’m lying. Everyone cares what people think, because we’re socially programmed to connect.

“I want to be successful here. There is bullshit that I don’t care about. Where does this come from? Where is the evidence for that? Ask my parents People have a perception that I don’t care – what is it based on? How do you know?

“You can ask my parents how life has been for me and for them. It wasn’t pleasant. I understand the fans going home and getting angry that the team didn’t win. But I can assure you, my life has been pretty average for the last three or four months.

“I got some very unpleasant e-mails asking me to die and have my children die. It’s definitely not nice to receive it. If asked if you’ve been under pressure for four months because (media) you need to sell something – what do you expect in the end?

“You know there’s a problem when the email address it was sent to is ‘Potter b****** on Gmail dot com’.”

Chelsea manager Graham Potter

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Potter will be out of a Spurs game from captain Cesar Azpilicueta after he passed out during the Southampton loss. The 33-year-old was hospitalized, but was discharged on Tuesday to continue his recovery at the club’s Cobham training base.

Long-time absences Christian Pulisic and N’Golo Kante are training with the team but neither are ready to return, but news came this week that Kante’s contract with N’Golo Kante, whose contract expired in the summer, is close to reaching a deal to stay with the team. club.

The manager has a full roster to choose from as he tries to pull Chelsea out of a slump where they’ve only won twice in 14 games.

While Potter admitted that simply winning would change the course of opinion, he was determined not to be crushed by the weight of the harassment.

“Life is tough for many people,” he said. “Actually nobody wants to deal with Premier League executives. Sometimes life isn’t fair. It’s not like I’m complaining about it. You ask if it’s hard, I say yes. You suffer. You get upset. When you’re alone, you show your true feelings with your family.

“There is one point that needs attention, but the world is tough. We are going through an energy crisis, a cost of living crisis. People strike every week. Nobody wants to hear about the poor former Premier League manager.

“My job is to act the way I think is best for Chelsea, to act with the honesty that’s right for me. I don’t want to be anyone else. I don’t want to be fake. I’ll be me and do my best. If my best isn’t good enough, I don’t want to be. I accept it.”