Emmanuel Petit names manager who should replace Mauricio Pochettino | Football

Mauricio Pochettino’s side sit 10th in the Premier League table (Picture: Getty)

Emmanuel Petit feels Xabi Alonso would be the perfect replacement for Mauricio Pochettino if Todd Boehly decides to sack the Chelsea head coach.

Pochettino is under pressure at Stamford Bridge amid a poor first season at the helm with Jose Mourinho among the favourites to take over next.

Petit, though, feels Bayer Leverkusen boss Alonso, who has been strongly linked to the Liverpool job, would be a better suit for the west Londoners.

Alonso has led Bayer Leverkusen to the summit of the Bundesliga table and they are five points clear of Bayern Munich having beaten Thomas Tuchel’s side 3-0 on Saturday.

‘I think that Chelsea need a proper manager with a vision, just like what [Mikel] Arteta had for Arsenal,’ Petit told Betway.

‘But they need to give him time to implement what he wants to do with the players.

‘Mourinho is free, so he could be an option. But he’s not my preference, there are new managers who are doing great things.

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Xabi Alonso has been strongly linked to the Liverpool job (Picture: Getty)

‘I’m thinking about Xabi Alonso for example, I’m very impressed with his work in Germany but there are many great managers that are available.

‘Mourinho could be a choice, he’s been successful at the club but we all know that he comes with drama.

‘I’m not sure that’s what Chelsea need. They need someone calm and need continuity at the club.’

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