“I keep hearing his name from sources” – 2 managers front of the queue to replace Mauricio Pochettino

Our writer Simon Phillips is exclusively reporting on Chelsea’s links with other managers in the last few days on his Substack, with some very interesting notes.

He says that one of his sources thinks there’s a “decent chance” that Gareth Southgate could yet come to Chelsea this summer as he is on the “contingency list” for the eventuality that Mauricio Pochettino leaves. Although predictably that interest seems to come more from Southgate’s camp.

The England coach isn’t the only one – there’s also a lot of links with Eddie Howe..

“Personally I cannot see Howe to Chelsea becoming a thing, but it’s odd that I keep hearing his name from sources,” Phillips commented.

Expect the unexpected

As insiders like Ben Jacobs kept reminding us, it’s very normal for Chelsea to be in contact with other coaches informally even while their intentions are to keep Pochettino. The fact that names keep getting mentioned doesn’t indicate that they’re coming in.

Pochettino certainly had some hairy moments earlier in the season, but this recent good run seems to us to have secured him another season at Chelsea.

It’s just plain and simple good planning to make sure you know what is out there. The unexpected is always out there – that could be a sudden run of defeats for Pochettino, or as he pointed out himself, it could be his own decision to walk away.

Given it seems our other options would be Southgate and Howe, we’re sure most Chelsea fans are pretty happy to stick with what we’ve got for another year, or at least the first ten games or so of next season to see if we make the major progress that’s expected.

Phillips is much less hot on Pochettino – he says his “gut feeling” is that there will be a mutual parting of the ways of Chelsea and  the manager. It’s an interesting few weeks ahead…

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  1. Pls nd pls let us leave pochettino to another next season,did u knw that injury is two much for this season pls this man trying is not easy.The man is still have a lot of future at Chelsea next season

  2. Everyday we keep hearing these journalists making suggestive guesses and putting up stupid PRs for some of the worse coaches on the block for the Chelsea gig.

    Enough of these noise please. Enough of the guesses. Clownlakes and Blueco should stick to the manager if all they have up their sleeves are these coaches being mentioned!

    Poch might not be a great coach like Klopp or Guardiola. Might not even get Chelsea to win anything but please he’s better than the Howes, North Gates or Zebrudayas of this league .

  3. Stay with whom and what we know – injuries wrecked our season some super stars were absent for most of the season and the youngsters have had to grow up fast. Keep Poch he has done as best he could with this nightmare season – Blues since 1967.

  4. What the chelsea board want now please let pochitino to coach these team next season the guy is good its not easy for the coach to gel with such teenagers, as for now in his presence this club is going to Challenge premier league next season, we have tried to do experiment with 2 coaches but it doesn’t goes well but with Poch i can see the future of our team

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