Mauricio Pochettino has been warned he could be sacked by Chelsea if they lose their next game against Aston Villa on Wednesday night.
Chelsea have struggled since being bought in 2022 by a consortium led by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital. Despite the club’s new owners spending over £1billion on new players, including Moises Caicedo, Enzo Fernandez, and Mykhaylo Mudryk, that has failed to translate into results.
The Blues recorded their worst Premier League finish since 1994 last season as they ended up in 12th, with both Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter sacked during the campaign. Pochettino was then tasked with getting Chelsea back to their best this season, but they currently sit 11th in the league and have shipped four goals in each of their last two games against Wolves and Liverpool.
As a result, former Premier League striker Dimitar Berbatov believes Pochettino could be axed if Chelsea suffer another defeat in their FA Cup fourth-round replay against Villa: “I wouldn’t be surprised if Chelsea sacked Mauricio Pochettino,” he told Betfair.
“Chelsea have spent so much money on players – they have good players in the team – but it’s not working out. The last game against Wolves, when Chelsea lost 4-2 at Stamford Bridge, was a prime example of the chaos happening on the pitch. You can see Chelsea are lost, at times, and don’t know what to do.
“Of course, you can’t get rid of the whole team. The manager is always the first to go. Pochettino always tried to say that Chelsea was a long-term project, but in modern football, the owners of clubs don’t have that patience. If Chelsea lose the next game, I think Pochettino will get sacked.”
Following his side’s defeat to Wolves on Sunday, Pochettino issued a passionate defense of his record as he cited the club’s injury problems and made some bizarre comparisons to the stock market and farming. “Football is my passion, not my job,” he told reporters.
“Sometimes we say ‘job’ but it’s the wrong word. Football is entertainment. If I don’t think like this, I need to go in another position, being a sporting director or CEO or president. Being a coach, I need to understand why I am here. We cannot suffer because of business and other things.
“We need to be focused to play football. To be focused in football, you need to feel free in your mind. You cannot be affected by the stock in New York or Tokyo or the weather, or because the farm doesn’t grow. That’s why I keep my hair like this: I don’t suffer from things I am not in charge of.
“I only suffer for football – to try to improve the players, to provide them a good platform to win games. If there is no rain on my farm, you kill the business of my farm. That is a stress. You can lose your hair. But I cannot lose my hair because we’re not winning. After all, the opponent was better than us.”