Keys felt Potter would shine at Chelsea thanks to Cech and Granovskaia – who left before he joined!

Richard Keys insists he was sure Graham Potter would be a success at Chelsea because he had Petr Cech and Marina Granovskaia at the club – even though they both left MONTHS before he became manager

  • Richard Keys has shared his scathing view of Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly
  • Keys said he was sure Graham Potter would thrive because of Chelsea’s directors
  • He said Potter had ‘good people around him’ – Petr Cech and Marina Granovskaia
  • But the Blues directors both left the club months before the manager’s arrival
  • The ex-presenter doesn’t blame Potter for taking the position – and backs him

Richard Keys has urged he was adamant Graham Potter would succeed at Chelsea thanks to the support of directors Petr Cech and Marina Granovskaia, who both left the club months before his arrival at Stamford Bridge in September.

The ex-Sky Sports presenter believes Potter should not be blamed for Chelsea’s lacklustre form so far this season, with the Blues languishing in 10th spot in the Premier League table and already out of both the FA Cup and League Cup.

Keys instead slammed Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly in a scathing rant on his websitecriticizing the American’s decision to ‘show the door’ to Cech and Granovskaia.

Richard Keys felt Graham Potter would succeed because of Petr Cech and Marina Granovskaia

He insisted Potter had 'good people around him' before chairman Todd Boehly axed the pair

He insisted Potter had ‘good people around him’ before chairman Todd Boehly axed the pair

But Cech and Granovskaia left the club in June - months before Potter's arrival in west London

But Cech and Granovskaia left the club in June – months before Potter’s arrival in west London

Referring to Chelsea’s former directors, the 65-year-old insisted Potter had ‘good people around him’ when he arrived at Stamford Bridge – even though the pair left well before his decision to join Boehly in west London.

He said: ‘I backed (Potter). I was delighted to see a young British coach given a chance at one of our big clubs. I wanted it to work. I genuinely thought it would.

‘What was to go wrong? He had good people around him – Marina Granovskaia – one of the smartest operators in the game – and Petr Cech, who was fast establishing himself as a very good technical director. Any problems and surely they’d be able to advise Potter?

Directors Granovskaia (C) and Cech (R) pictured watching the FA Cup semi-final last April

Directors Granovskaia (C) and Cech (R) pictured watching the FA Cup semi-final last April

The Chelsea co-owner relinquished his title as the club's interim sporting director on Monday

The Chelsea co-owner relinquished his title as the club’s interim sporting director on Monday

‘What I didn’t expect was that they’d both quickly be shown the door by an American owner desperate for headlines and equally keen to show British Englanders how to run a soccer ball club.’

Cech and Granovskaia both decided to leave the west London club in June and hand over Chelsea’s short-term recruitment strategy to Boehly, who named himself the club’s interim sporting director.

The American quit the role this week in the hope of seeing through a fruitful January transfer window at Stamford Bridge, passing responsibility to new directors Christopher Vivell and Paul Winstanley.

Potter's Chelsea sit 10th in the Premier League and were knocked out of the FA Cup on Sunday

Potter’s Chelsea sit 10th in the Premier League and were knocked out of the FA Cup on Sunday

Keys continued his cutting assessment of the chairman on his blog post titled ‘Owner Todd – you’ve f***** up’.

He said: ‘Of course owner Todd knew best. A game that had stood the test of time had to change and he was the only one that knew how to change it.

‘One of the most successful soccerball clubs in the world had been doing it all wrong. Owner Todd was about to show us how to do it.

Keys does not 'blame' the English manager for taking up the opportunity to manage Chelsea

Keys does not ‘blame’ the English manager for taking up the opportunity to manage Chelsea

‘So having appointed rookie coach Potter – and he was by Chelsea’s standards – owner Todd set about destroying the structure of the club so that he could take charge of everything.’

Supporting the manager’s decision to take the hotseat at Stamford Bridge, the presenter added: ‘Not for a minute do I blame Graham Potter. What was he supposed to do? One of the best football clubs in the world offers you the chance to become a coach. You’re ambitious.

Your reputation is growing. You’ve done a really good job wherever you’ve been so far in your career and you back yourself. So you take it.’

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