Chelsea to decide Pochettino's future this week, two managers on alert

Mauricio Pochettino
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Chelsea's hierarchy is set to hold pivotal discussions with manager Mauricio Pochettino, which could determine his future at the club, despite the team's impressive end to the season. The outcome of these talks will likely decide whether the Argentine tactician remains at the helm of the Blues.

Pochettino, who guided Chelsea to five straight victories and a sixth-place finish, securing a potential Europa League berth, will meet with co-owner Todd Boehly and other club officials to discuss his performance and the team's future direction. Some figures within the club have reportedly never been fully convinced by Pochettino's approach, casting doubt on his long-term prospects at Stamford Bridge.

If Chelsea opts to part ways with Pochettino, two managers are reportedly in the running to take over according to The Standard: Ruben Amorim of Sporting Lisbon and Kieran McKenna of Ipswich Town.

Amorim has impressed with his modern coaching style and willingness to work with young players, while McKenna has achieved remarkable success with Ipswich Town, leading them to promotion to the Premier League despite his limited managerial experience.

There are compelling reasons to keep Pochettino at the helm, given his recent success with Chelsea and his experience with top clubs like Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham Hotspur. Securing a European spot suggests that he has the ability to lead the team effectively, making a case for continuity rather than change.

Chelsea supporters are split on the issue, with some appreciating Pochettino's recent achievements and believing he deserves more time, while others are eager for a fresh start with a new manager who can bring immediate success.

The club's new ownership has been focussed on building a team with young, exciting talent, and there is hope that a manager like Amorim could be more patient and aligned with this vision.

Pochettino's recent comments after the Bournemouth win reflect his uncertainty, mentioning a positive dinner with Boehly but admitting he has no clear idea about his future. The upcoming formal meeting will be crucial, as Pochettino will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the club's operations and receive a review of his own performance.

As Chelsea awaits the outcome of the FA Cup final between Manchester United and Manchester City, which will determine their European competition for next season, the club's managerial situation remains a hot topic.

The decisions made in the coming days will shape Chelsea's future trajectory, and fans and pundits alike will be watching closely as this managerial saga unfolds.