Eden Hazard Playfully Names Unlikely Pochettino Replacement

Eden Hazard Playfully Names Unlikely Pochettino Replacement

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
May 27, 2024 at 5:23 AM
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  • Eden Hazard has picked his friend as a potential Chelsea manager
  • The Blues are in a hunt for a new coach after Mauricio Pochettino's exit
  • A number of candidates have been shortlisted for the role at the Bridge

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Eden Hazard has weighed in on Chelsea's search for a new head coach following the departure of Mauricio Pochettino.

The Argentine manager left Chelsea by mutual consent last week despite securing European qualification and a top-six finish in the Premier League.

Eden Hazard, Chelsea, manager, successor, Cesc Fabregas, Como, replacement, Stamford Bridge.
Eden Hazard has suggested former Chelsea star, Cesc Fabregas, could replace Mauricio Pochettino as head coach. Photos by Clive Rose and Darren Walsh.
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Who are the candidates to replace Pochettino?

As the Blues embark on the process of appointing a successor, they have a shortlist of four candidates: former Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi, Ipswich Town's Kieran McKenna, Leicester City's Enzo Maresca, and Brentford's Thomas Frank, per Football London.

Hazard hails Pochettino

Hazard, regarded as a modern-day great at Stamford Bridge, expressed his views on who should replace Pochettino and conveyed his sadness over the former PSG coach's exit.

“I was a bit sad, to be fair. I think that he did a great job," he told talkSPORT.

The 32-year-old advised the club's fanbase to temper their expectations, given that the club is currently undergoing a transitional phase.

"I know that people want Chelsea to be in the top four, but it’s just a season of transition.

He also wished Pochettino success in his future endeavours, praising him as an 'excellent manager.'

"He’s a great manager. I wish him good luck, and let’s see who is going to be there in the future.”

Hazard names who should be Chelsea's new coach

When asked if he prefers De Zerbi as the new Blues manager, the Belgian responded, "Maybe."

He then humorously added, “I also have my friend in Como. He could be the first manager,” with a playful wink, referring to former Chelsea teammate Cesc Fabregas.

What is Fabregas up to?

According to the BBC, Fabregas has been serving as an assistant manager with Como and played a crucial role in helping them secure promotion to the Italian Serie A.

Why could Chelsea reject Conference League?

Despite their confirmed participation in the UEFA Europa Conference League, reports suggest Chelsea may reconsider their involvement due to financial concerns.

As reported by Sports Brief, the West London club is navigating a precarious situation with the Premier League's Profit and Sustainability Rules (PSR).

Additionally, the financial rewards of playing in the Conference League are significantly lower compared to the Europa League and Champions League, which could further complicate Chelsea's position.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.