Sacking Chelsea Boss: How do Chelsea players really feel about sacking Mauricio Pochettino?

Mauricio Pochettino could be set to lose his job as Chelsea head coach this summer and the opinion of the club’s players has now been revealed.

Chelsea’s hierarchy are set to conduct a review of Pochettino’s performance at the end of the season in what was has been another poor campaign for the Blues.

The west Londoners have massively struggled ever since BlueCo took ownership of the club from Roman Abramovich in May 2022.

Last season, Chelsea finshed 12th in the Premier League without a trophy as Todd Boehly et al decided to sack both Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter.

Frank Lampard came in as a caretaker manager until the end of the campaign with Chelsea’s owners deciding to appoint Pochettino as head coach in July.

The vast majority of Chelsea players support Mauricio Pochettino and do not want him to be sacked, according to the Evening Standard.

It is believed that Chelsea players are keen to avoid the further upheaval another managerial change would bring and they would prefer to have some stability.

They appreciate that Pochettino has shielded many of them from criticism and his work to foster a team spirit from a new bunch of players all over the globe has not gone unnoticed by the squad.

Pressure has ramped up on Mauricio Pochettino after Chelsea’s last hope of major silverware was ended by Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-finals on Saturday.

That has only increased with a humiliating 5-0 loss to Arsenal in the Premier League on Tuesday.

Chelsea have spent over £1 billion on players since BlueCo took ownership of the club and there are huge expectations on the team to challenge for trophies.

Rio Ferdinand feels Chelsea are unable to sack Mauricio Pochettino and that their problems go higher up.

‘What I would say is that if you have spent a billion pounds on potential then you can’t sack the manager,’ Ferdinand said this week.

‘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?’

Where will Chelsea pluck their next manager from?

Thoughts have already turned towards who might replace Mauricio Pochettino at Chelsea.

Sporting Lisbon boss Ruben Amorim has been linked – but there are suggestions in Portugal he could commit to staying at his current club for another season.

Roberto De Zerbi is also well liked, though the cost of signing him from Brighton – thought to be more than £15m – may prove to be prohibitive.

Hansi Flick is another name linked with the role, though he is not thought to be keen on replacing Pochettino.

Next Chelsea manager odds if Mauricio Pochettino is sacked

Julian Nagelsmann is Betfair’s current favourite to become the next Chelsea manager.

They are also offering odds for Roberto De Zerbi, Ruben Amorim, Jose Mourinho, Michel Sanchez, Thomas Tuchel and Zinedine Zidane.

‘Julian Nagelsmann is the 5/1 frontrunner to be the next Blues boss, while Jose Mourinho is 9/1 to make a remarkable return to Stamford Bridge,’ Betfair spokesperson Sam Rosbottom said.

 

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