Why Chelsea ‘can’t’ sack Mauricio Pochettino now – Rio Ferdinand explains

Rio Ferdinand has explained why Chelsea are unable to sack their head coach Mauricio Pochettino after their crushing 5-0 defeat to Arsenal on Tuesday.

Pochettino is under massive pressure at Stamford Bridge despite being in the job for less than year amid a horrific first season in charge of the west Londoners.

The Blues sit ninth in the Premier League with six games left and have failed to land any major silverware – in a season which they had somewhat of an advantage over their rivals due to not being in Europe – which gave them extra time to rest.

Chelsea splashed out £434.5m on players at the start of the campaign, which was the most spent by any club during a transfer window in Premier League history.

It took their total spending under BlueCo to over £1 billion after Todd Boehly et al took over from ex-owner Roman Abramovich in May 2022.

While much criticism has been aimed at Pochettino – even more criticism has been directed at the Chelsea hierarchy – and Ferdinand is among those who believes the club’s problems go well beyond their current manager.

“What I would say is that if you have spent a billion pounds on potential then you can’t sack the manager,’ Ferdinand told TNT Sports.

‘I’m really interested to see how this summer goes in terms of the management situation.

‘Mauricio Pochettino, when he gets an appraisal done at the end of the season, that will be one of the first things he says – ‘What do you expect? I have got one of the youngest squads around. I have invested in lots of potential. No real end product all over park’ – We were saying before, where is the experience?

‘When there is a rocky moment in the game, where are the people and the characters that are going to drag the young players along?

‘The main one, on the bench, was Thiago Silva but he is 38-years-old. They need to buy experience.’

Chelsea’s hierarchy will conduct a review of Pochettino’s performance at the end of the season.

Following their loss to Arsenal, Chelsea have now conceded more goals than they ever have in a Premier League season.


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