Chelsea boss has received another sack warning, this time, it came with more vivid advice to drop some out-of-form players or risk his reign at Stamford Bridge.
According to Neil Warnock, Graham Potter is at risk of getting sacked and he warned sternly that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will “throw him under the bus” if he becomes dissatisfied at Stamford Bridge.
The statement comes after the striker was omitted from Chelsea’s FA Cup squad to face Manchester City on Sunday.
Potter disclosed that the Gabon international suffered a back injury earlier this week that has ruled him out, despite rumors that the former Barcelona star is growing restless at the club.
The 33-year-old has scored just once in nine league appearances for the Blues so far this season. On Thursday night against City, he was substituted out in the 66th minute despite having entered the game in the fifth.
Warnock cautioned Potter to be wary of Aubameyang in an interview with talkSPORT, citing the player’s previous vocal displeasure with Arsenal. He elaborated:
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“You get players like that and you are better off without them. Chelsea are short of strikers but people like Aubameyang are after themselves really, they look after themselves as players and they’ll throw the manager under the bus rather than take any blame. So I think Graham Potter has to deal with it.
“It’s similar to what’s happened with Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United. I said United should let him go in pre-season and that was no disrespect to Ronaldo. Leopards don’t change their spots and I don’t think Aubameyang will ever change. You know from Arsenal to Chelsea, now he looks the same type of player. On his day, as good as you’ll see, but his days are few and far between.”
Last year’s dispute between Aubameyang and Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was extremely public, with Arteta willing to lay down the law with his club captain and potentially make an example of the former Borussia Dortmund star.
Potter appears to have lost the support of Chelsea fans so early in his tenure, having only joined the club in September.
Away fans at the Etihad Stadium were heard singing the name of former manager Thomas Tuchel during their 4-0 loss to City, but Potter insisted that he is still capable of turning the club’s fortunes around.
Pep Guardiola explained after the game that it will take time for the former Brighton manager to make his mark at the club. “I would say to Todd Boehly, give him time. I know in big clubs, results are important but I’d say give him time. What he’s done at Brighton is outstanding, but…we need time in the first season. I had (Lionel) Messi in Barcelona my first season so I didn’t need two seasons because Messi was there.”