Mauricio Pochettino is under significant pressure as head coach at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea’s stance on sacking him has now been revealed.
Former Tottenham boss Pochettino took charge of the Blues this summer, tasked with improving the club’s fortunes after an embarrassing 12th-placed finish in the Premier League last term.
Chelsea have continued to struggle under his management, though, and find themselves 10th in the top-flight table after 20 games in the 2023-24 campaign.
The latest low point came on Tuesday as Chelsea lost the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final to Championship club Middlesbrough.
Pochettino’s job is safe for now though, according to The Telegraph, who claim that the Argentine’s position is not in jeopardy while Chelsea have a ‘realistic chance’ of qualifying for Europe.
The west Londoners are already 12 points off the top four, which is where they need to finish to book their spot in next season’s Champions League.
Chelsea could secure a place in the Europa League if they finish fifth or lift the FA Cup, though, with the Blues having reached the fourth round on Saturday. Sixth could also be enough, depending on who wins the domestic cups.
Meanwhile, if they overturn their Carabao Cup semi-final against Middlesbrough in the second leg – and then beat either Liverpool or Fulham in the final – Chelsea will guarantee at least a place in the Europa Conference League.
That means that, for now, Chelsea still have a realistic chance of qualifying for Europe and therefore Pochettino is in no danger of losing his job.
The pressure will ramp up if Chelsea do not win Saturday’s west London derby against Fulham, though, as they look to climb the Premier League table.