Cole Palmer Opens Up on Chelsea Players’ Stance on Mauricio Pochettino’s Future

Cole Palmer Opens Up on Chelsea Players’ Stance on Mauricio Pochettino’s Future

Elijah Odetokun
May 16, 2024 at 9:25 AM
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  • Chelsea beat Brighton to boost their Europa League chances
  • Mauricio Pochettino’s future with the club remains uncertain
  • Cole Palmer has disclosed what players think of their coach

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Chelsea star, Cole Palmer, has opened up on what the players think about head coach, Mauricio Pochettino, as the Argentine manager faces an uncertain future at the club.

The Blues struggled early on in the season and shuttled between midtable positions for most of the year, but a resurgent final weeks has seen them competing for European places.

Cole Palmer, Noni Madueke, Christopher Nkunku, Chelsea, Brighton, AMEX Community Stadium, England, Premier League.
Cole Palmer and Noni Madueke celebrate with Christopher Nkunku after the French star scored Chelsea's second goal against Brighton on May 15, 2024. Photo by Darren Walsh.
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The Blues could potentially finish fifth and secure an automatic Europa League spot if they beat Bournemouth on the final day and their London rivals, Tottenham Hotspur, lose to already relegated Sheffield United.

A sixth-place finish could send them to the Europa Conference League if Manchester United beat city rivals, Manchester City, to win the FA Cup final, thus overtaking them into the second-tier competition.

Palmer backs Pochettino as Chelsea boss

Palmer continued his impressive form and opened the scoring for the Blues with a looping header via a cross from former Brighton defender, Marc Cucurella.

Speaking to BBC Sports after the match, the former Man City star backed the manager and said his teammates shared that same view and wanted to fight for him.

"To get back into Europe would be a step in the right direction. All credit to the manager. All the players love the manager and want to fight for him," he said.

According to The Telegraph, Pochettino’s future will be decided in an end-of-season review by the club after the final matchday against Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge.

A few names have been linked to the position in case the former Tottenham boss is let go, including former manager, Thomas Tuchel, who is expected to depart Bayern Munich next week.

Chelsea players back Pochettino

Sports Brief previously reported on Chelsea players backing Mauricio Pochettino to continue as manager despite the public scrutiny and speculation surrounding his future.

This came after the Blues were embarrassed 5-0 by bitter rivals, Arsenal, last month, with many fans calling for the manager's immediate dismissal following that result.

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