Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino is the latest candidate to come up with the list that could replace Antonio Conte as Chelsea boss next summer.
The Blues have had a torrid season so far as they sit fifth on the Premier League table unlikely to secure a Champions League spot for the next campaign. Chelsea was also dumped out of the Champions League and League Cup at crucial intervals by Barcelona and Arsenal respectively. Chelsea’s only hope of silverware this season is the FA Cup final against Manchester United later this month, and Antonio Conte’s job probably rests on that one game.
Actually, even if the Italian does win Chelsea the FA Cup, he is likely to be sacked by owner Roman Abramovich. Chelsea is already lining up a list of new managers who can take forward the mantle from Conte and have identified the likes of former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri as well as Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri. But a new name has come up and it’s a shocker, London rivals boss Mauricio Pochettino is also a possible option to take over from Conte.
“Chelsea Are Interested In Pochettino” – Football Consultants
According to football journalist Ian McGarry, Chelsea does not mind keeping Pochettino as their future boss amid the Argentine’s links to Real Madrid, he said on the Transfer Window Podcast “Pochettino would be something of a gamble at Madrid because he’s not a serial winner, in fact, he’s never won anything. But what they see in Pochettino is potential and a personality, someone who relates to players very well.”
McGarry went on to add that the West London outfit is considering Pochettino because of how well he has done with a small budget at Southampton as well as Spurs at the moment, guiding the North London side to a probable top-four finish once again, “Chelsea are also interested in Pochettino. And although that’s a very long shot because of the history between Chelsea and Tottenham, it’s something Chelsea could do financially.”
As per the logic of the Chelsea transfer board, Pochettino is probably the best man for the job as he is experienced in the Premier League and can do extremely well on a tight budget. However, due to the London rivalries between the two sides, I doubt Pochettino would be a serious consideration despite being a fit.