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EPL: Graham Potter told to copy Mourinho at Chelsea


Former Chelsea captain, John Terry, has encouraged Graham Potter to emulate Jose Mourinho’s man management skills early in his tenure.

Potter replaced Thomas Tuchel last month.

His previous job was at Brighton, and questions have been asked about whether the Stamford Bridge hot seat will prove beyond him.

Potter drew his first game in charge in the Champions League against Red Bull Salzburg and secured a late win at Crystal Palace on his first Premier League outing with the Blues on Saturday.

Terry excelled at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho, who arrived in 2004 following his European exploits with Porto, which put him on the map as a young manager.

He said on beIN Sports: “I think you get them onside by day one, everyone is going to be watching. That first meeting, the first training session: how does he conduct himself? How does he hold himself? Can he handle this big dressing room?

“And if he’s come in and put his marker down from day one, players go, ‘Ooh hello’. Pretty much like we did when Mourinho came in. No one had really heard of him and then he comes in and goes ‘I’m in charge’. If [Potter] has done a similar thing, both on the pitch and off the pitch, the players will respect that.”

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