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William Gallas tells Chelsea fans to blame Todd Boehly, not Graham Potter, if Champions League bid fails

New era: Graham Potter is Todd Boehly’s first Chelsea appointment (Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Former Chelsea defender William Gallas believes that co-owner Todd Boehly would be to blame if the club does not finish in the Premier League’s top four.

In the first season of the post-Roman Abramovich era, Chelsea sit eighth and eight points off the Champions League places.

That’s despite record summer spending at Stamford Bridge, with the Blues’ Boehly-Clearlake Capital ownership willing to invest again in January.

Graham Potter has been appointed as the club’s new manager following the decision to sack Thomas Tuchel in September, and the former Brighton boss has overhauled the coaching staff.

There have been other key appointments behind the scenes in a total restructure, with the owners implementing a ‘transfer think tank’ to oversee player recruitment.

Still, it has been a difficult campaign so far despite a strong star under Potter, with Chelsea ending the first half of the season with three league defeats in a row.

However, Gallas believes that the finger should be pointed at Boehly if they do not make the top four.

The former defender told Genting Casino: “If Chelsea don’t finish in the top four, Todd Boehly would have failed. There can be no excuses for a club like Chelsea to finish outside the top four.

“We are always very quick to judge players on their performances and it should be the same for the owner. He arrived and spent a lot of money but if he didn’t qualify for the top four he would have failed.”

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