The situation at Stamford Bridge continues to be chaotic as Pochettino grapples with the team’s performance. Despite this, the former Tottenham boss cannot evade responsibility for his team’s poor form. Spending a staggering £1 billion on a squad should not result in an 11th place in the Premier League.
Chelsea appears poorly coached, reflecting the coaching staff’s struggle to implement their ideas over the past six months. Todd Boehly, the American co-owner, has emphasized the importance of giving managers time, after three head coach changes before Pochettino’s arrival in the summer. However, an exception might need to be made.
Chelsea does not want to be in a manager battle in the summer. Liverpool is set to be an enticing option for top coaches. According to French publication Sport Zone, Xabi Alonso has been identified as the ideal candidate to replace Pochettino.
The Spaniard, who has excelled in his first senior managerial role with Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen, is poised to replace Klopp in less than six months. Chelsea will have to act fast and dismiss Pochettino if they want to stay ahead in the pursuit of the best managers. Nevertheless, this decision would impact Liverpool’s long-term plan for replacing Klopp, as it would decrease the available market.
If Alonso is Chelsea’s top pick, they must act now to ensure his replacement of Pochettino, frustrating Liverpool and potentially sending them back to the drawing board for the summer.