Mauricio Pochettino needs no introduction to Chelsea fans and English Premier League punters. The Argentinian and Spanish national has been the Chelsea manager since July 2023, with an expected departure in June 2025.
Mauricio Pochettino Performance as Chelsea Coach
He has presided over 32 matches for The Blues, and his average tenure as coach spans 2.56 years. Pochettino has a preferred formation of 4-2-3-1 on the pitch, but his poor performance as Chelsea manager has pundits interested.
Chelsea FC has lost 10 matches this season, drawn 4, and won 9. Chelsea is currently on 31 points at #11, a point away from #10 Wolves, and four points clear of #12 Bournemouth AFC.
Pochettino's overall Premier League record is impressive, with 279 matches, 141 wins, 65 draws, and 73 losses. His teams have scored 483 goals and conceded 311 goals.
Mauricio has been awarded manager of the month 4 times in the Premier League (October 2013, September 2015, February 2016, and April 2017). Notably, no Manager of the Month award was awarded during his tenure at Chelsea.
The owner of Chelsea – Todd Boehly - made an important decision early on in 2023; a second permanent manager was appointed.
Recall that Thomas Tuchel stayed with the club barely a few weeks during 2022/2023, and Graham Potter was fired within seven months. Potter’s poor form was followed by the disastrous tenure of Frank Lampard.
Who is Likely to Fill the Void as Chelsea Next Manager?
The next Chelsea manager could take the form of any number of highly qualified candidates. Previously, iconic stars Jose Mourinho, Zinedine Zidane, and Luis Enrique were considered.
But now it appears the Bayer Munich head coach and former Germany head coach – Hansi Flick, may get the nod.
It's largely thanks to Chelsea's poor form of late that other options are now being considered. Recall that Chelsea has only managed to deliver two wins from six games in 2024 (across all contests). It’s an indictment of the team's abilities and its management.
But the recent defeats against Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers were particularly tough for The Blues.
Nothing will likely be done until the end of the current Premier League season. Chelsea faces crucial tests across all competitions, and effective management is necessary for team cohesion.
Chelsea next manager odds tend to favour Flick, improving from 16:1 to 6:1.
Other contenders, including Mourinho and Roberto De Zerbi, are trailing Flick. In 2022/2023, Chelsea fans noticed Hansi Flick at the 0-0 game with Fulham.
So, it's certainly plausible that he is the man to lead The Blues. Early reports suggest legendary French player and manager Zinedine Zidane will reject Chelsea's offer to join the club. Hansi Flick has been unemployed since parting Germany's national team in September 2023.
He was with the German national team for two years, but his performance left much to be desired. He is also the only manager to be fired from this position in Germany.
Fortunately for club-level teams, his record is impressive. For Bayern Munich, he was instrumental in 2020 and 2021, helping them to win the Bundesliga, the UEFA Champions League, the DFB Pokal, the UEFA Super Cup, and the creme de la creme – the FIFA WC.
For the incumbent, Mauricio Pochettino, it's all about performing during the remaining games in the ongoing Premier League season.
If Chelsea can string together back-to-back victories in the coming weeks, Pochettino may be able to keep the wolves at bay. Time will certainly tell.
*Credit for all of the photos in this article belongs to Alamy*