Potter: Support from within so important

Head coach outlines Albion's blueprint for continued growth.

By Bruce Talbot • 18 January 2022

By Paul Hazlewood
Graham Potter's team have 28 points from 20 games so far this campaign.

Graham Potter has praised the support he gets from within the club as he aims to lead Albion to their best Premier League finish.

Albion are ninth heading into tonight’s home game against Chelsea and have lost just four League games this season, but the ruthless nature of the League was underlined on Sunday when Rafa Benitez left his role as Everton manager after less than a year in charge.

Potter believes the key to sustained progress is having good staff, getting support at board level and having a clear vision of the way the club wants to grow.

“T think the mistake is often to think you are better than what you are and think you can succeed in any environment, and it is not the case,” he said.


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Graham Potter's Chelsea press conference

“If you are successful as a coach, you need good people around you and your staff, and at the club the Board, chairman and CEO are so helpful and supportive. We are fortunate to have a fantastic chairman, who provides the clarity and vision for us and allows us to get on with our work. There has never been any pressure or feeling other than support, help and encouragement.

“Then there is the club’s strategy, the structures around it and the players, who are so helpful and supportive. What we have here is an opportunity to be successful, to do your job and keep improving. But I am no magician, I need the help of the people around me.”