5 Reasons Mauricio Pochettino Should Continue As Chelsea Manager Next Season

5 Reasons Mauricio Pochettino Should Continue As Chelsea Manager Next Season

Elijah Odetokun
May 3, 2024 at 12:26 PM
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  • Mauricio Pochettino's future as Chelsea boss is uncertain
  • He could still retain his post with a European place finish
  • The majority of Blues ans wants him sacked and replaced

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Mauricio Pochettino guided Chelsea to a dominant 2-0 win over his former club, Tottenham Hotspur, at Stamford Bridge last night, yet the rumours about his future have not stopped.

The manager is uncertain if he will still be in the dugout next season, and his post-match conference in the past few weeks resembles that of a borderline walking dead.

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Mauricio Pochettino gestures to Chelsea fans after the 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 2, 2024. Photo by Darren Walsh.
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The club's decision-makers are split on him. The majority of fans want him gone, while the media is taking advantage of that to speculate about other managers who could be hired next.

Sports Brief analyses five reasons the Argentine should retain his position next season.

Why Pochettino should be at Chelsea next season

1. Squad quality

The majority of Chelsea fans are deceived by the exciting talents of some of their players, but they have failed to accept that some of them lack readiness at a top club, and as a team, they lack compatibility, which makes it difficult to compete.

Per The Telegraph, BlueCo dreams of building a team capable of winning the title with 100 points. The manager had his failings this season, but the team's fortune would have been different with better quality.

2. Managerial options

It's a sad truth, but if Sporting CP’s Ruben Amorim or Brighton’s Roberto De Zerbi are the options to replace Pochettino, the Argentine may as well be backed to fulfil the final year of his contract in the Stamford Bridge dugout next season.

De Zerbi's style of play may better suit the current squad, but the exaggerated qualities in some positions will bring the team down in decisive moments of the season.

Per Caught Offside, Hansi Flick’s name emerged this morning as the likely option in case the former Tottenham manager exits the club.

3. Process and progress

The owners have been consistent in saying the club is in a process and that time is needed to achieve the desired result. Making their fourth managerial appointment will negate this. However you view it, an improved squad with Pochettino and next season won't be as bad as this.

If the squad is handed over to a new manager, the excuse that 'it's his first season' and he is still getting used to the players will set in. If the season is as bad as this, it'd be starting all over.

4. Injury-plagued season

Chelsea are not the only team to have injuries this season, but their injuries attacked leaders and important players in the squad. £70 million defender, Wesley Fofana, played zero minutes this season, while new signing, Romeo Lavia, played only 32 minutes.

Highly rated attacker Christopher Nkunku has also been unlucky - he is one of those expected to help the team with quality and leadership. For a new squad, it's difficult to have the best team out and maintain consistency with such a large number of injuries.

5. Owner’s integrity

A major section of the fans are yet to forgive the owners for sacking their beloved Thomas Tuchel. Their three appointments afterwards have dampened their spirits. The process to hire Poch took months; sacking him after a season suggests they need to be more proficient, and it reflects poorly on their entire setup.

Players who declined under Pochettino

Sports Brief also previously analysed five Chelsea players who declined under Pochettino among those he has met at the club when he was appointed officially on July 1, 2023.

The two notable examples are Enzo Fernandez and Benoit Badiashile, but it is unfair to blame him, with the French star being injured and the Argentine playing through injury.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.