‘He should be sacked’ – Gabby Agbonlahor and Jamie O’Hara hit out at Graham Potter after his post-match interview following Chelsea’s defeat to Southampton with Blues boss ‘getting away with murder’


Gabby Agbonlahor stated Chelsea boss Graham Potter should be ‘sacked’ after the club’s shock defeat against struggling Southampton. The Blues were beaten 1-0 at Stamford Bridge against bottom of the table Saints, who remain without a manager after sacking Nathan Jones.

Chelsea fans booed their team off the pitch at both half- time and full-time, with the club – sitting in tenth spot – without a top-flight win in their last four outings. And talkSPORT pundits Agbonlahor and Jamie O’Hara failed to hold back when discussing Potter after taking exception to his post-match interview. Speaking to talkSPORT’s chief football correspondent Alex Crook after the defeat, Potter said:

“We’re not happy with the results that we’ve got, that’s clear. “You have to see it for what it is, in terms of today, we had to make some changes because of the Champions League and because of the situation that we’re in – boys coming back from injuries.

“So when you make those changes, it can be difficult against a team that is well prepared. “That’s not to say that we’re happy with a defeat, because we’re not at all, but we have to keep working.”

Commenting on the boos from the Blues faithful, Potter remarked:

“Well I can completely understand, the result isn’t what people want here, or expect here or demand here. “And that’s fair enough, our job is to keep working and to turn it around.”

His interview left O’Hara and Agbonlahor stunned, as the former stated on the GameDay Phone-In:

“This man, Graham Potter, is he winding me up talking about ‘It is what it is’ and ‘we’ve had to make a few changes?’ “This is Chelsea Football Club. Have you seen their line-up today? It’s an unreal team.”

To which Agbonlahor said:

“He should be sacked for that post-match interview. ‘We’ve had to make some changes because of the Champions League, we had to bring some different players in against a settled and organised side.’ “What are you talking about? They haven’t got a manager! You’re playing against a team that are in disarray that can’t get back-to-back wins together, and you’re complaining about what?

“You had to bring [Mykhailo] Mudryk off the bench on. You had to start [Joao] Felix, are you joking me?” Interjecting, O’Hara said: “[Cesar] Apilicueta, [Kalidou] Koulibaly, [Ben] Chilwell, [Mateo] Kovacic, [Enzo] Fernandez, Joao Felix, Mason Mount, [David Datro] Fofana… I mean is he joking? Poor Graham.

“Unbelievable. And do you know what? If this was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United, there would be riots right now in terms of how bad this team is. “Graham Potter is getting away with murder.”

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