As Pochettino sack worry increases, Hansi Flick attends Premier League game

Hansi Flick attends Premier League game as Mauricio Pochettino Chelsea sack worries increase

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino is in desperate need of a turn in fortunes. After a fighting performance to secure a draw against Manchester City in their last Premier League outing, the point picked up against Brentford this past Saturday was done in total opposite fashion.

Clearly fatigued from their recent cup exploits, Chelsea tired as the game went on and were fortunate to come away with a point. Nicolas Jackson had initially put Pochettino’s side in front after glancing home Malo Gusto’s cross, however goals from Mads Roerslev and Yoane Wissa turned the game on its head.

Axel Disasi netted an equaliser for Chelsea in the final few minutes, but by that point the damage had already been done. While Brentford were ahead, the visiting support made their feelings known with a number of chants, one of which was directed at Pochettino and it now appears his relationship with the fanbase cannot be fixed.

“No, I am not worried [about my relationship with the fans],” he admitted after the game. “We need to accept. I told you, I think someone asked me do you feel the love from the fans? No. We need to build our relationship between the coaching staff, the coach and the fans.

“You build relationships by winning games. But at the moment, the expectation, we cannot match the expectation. We are going to ask for love. I don’t ask for nothing. I am going to continue to work and try to change this situation and change, winning games, we now have one week before Newcastle.”

Chelsea chiefs Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali are set to review Pochettino’s first 12 months at the club in the summer, but if disappointing results continue an imminent decision may be made. If that were to happen, Chelsea would be looking for their fourth permanent manager in just over three years.

Thomas Tuchel, set to leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season, was the last man to come in mid-season on a permanent basis. Interestingly, there are many high-profile managers currently without a job and legendary manager Jose Mourinho certainly tops that list.

Hansi Flick, formerly of Bayern and the Germany national team, has also been out of the game for a number of months after being sacked by Germany in September 2023. Talk of a return to Bayern has recently emerged and links to Barcelona have also been prominent, however Flick was taking in action elsewhere on Saturday.

According to Diario Sport, Flick was in attendance at Craven Cottage for Fulham’s 3-0 victory against Roberto De Zerbi’s Brighton. The Seagulls head coach has also become a frontrunner to replace Xavi, however the release clause in his contract on the south coast will certainly make it difficult for Barcelona to appoint him given their financial woes.

Chelsea have also been linked with eventually making the 44-year-old their new manager having previously taken three players and numerous members of staff from the club. Flick previously attended Chelsea’s match against Fulham in February.

 

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