Mauricio Pochettino is under increasing pressure at Chelsea after the Blues dropped into the bottom half of the table following their 4-2 defeat by Wolves at Stamford Bridge. There are fresh calls for Pochettino to be sacked, with the Argentine seemingly unable to get the most out of a squad that has cost over £1 billion.
Thiago Silva’s wife has even called for change and his head is firmly on the chopping block. Express Sport has taken a look at five options Todd Boehly and co could look at as Pochettino’s replacement.
Bayern Leverkusen boss Xabi Alonso, who is top of the Bundesliga table, could be enticed by Chelsea’s project, with plenty of talented young players and the chance to return to England. However, it would be a very difficult task to prise him away from Germany.
Jose Mourinho has made his desire to return to the Premier League clear, and his authoritarian approach could be exactly what Chelsea’s young squad need. Mourinho, currently out of work after being sacked by Roma last month, remains a fan favorite at Stamford Bridge.
Xavi, who announced that he would be leaving Barcelona at the end of the season, could be a potential replacement due to his positive spell in management at the Nou Camp. Another option is Thomas Frank, the Brentford boss, who represents a more pragmatic approach and has been a stable leader at Brentford over several years.
Girona head coach Michel Sanchez has put himself on the radar of English teams after guiding his side to an unlikely title charge this season. He impressively took Girona to promotion in his first season in charge and is one of the names in the frame to replace Pochettino, as well as being the current bookies’ favorite to take over at Stamford Bridge.