FEATURE | 5 managers that could replace Mauricio Pochettino at Chelsea

Mauricio Pochettino’s future at Stamford Bridge is well and truly up in the air after a disappointing first season at the helm. Chelsea’s most recent 2-2 draw against bottom-placed Sheffield United may be the last straw for many fans.

This is Get Football’s breakdown of the top five managers that could replace the Argentine.

5. Jose Mourinho

The Chelsea legend is currently without a club after getting the sack at Roma and would likely jump at the chance to take over his beloved club for a third time.

Mourinho has an impressive record in the Premier League, winning three titles with Chelsea in 2004/05, 2005/06, and finally in 2014/15. It just never ends well for either party after a couple of seasons.

Still, the Portuguese coach’s experience may be exactly what this youthful Chelsea side need. It would also be an opportunity for incumbent owner, Todd Boehly to get some fans on side.

4. Michel Sanchez

“Who?”, we hear from Chelsea fans around the globe. Well, let us enlighten you. Michel has been a revelation at Girona, with his side currently sitting in third place in La Liga, seven points above fourth place Atletico Madrid.

The biggest obstacle would be City Football Group. Girona are owned by Manchester City, and with Pep Guardiola unlikely to be there for too much longer, they may be grooming him to take over in the next couple of years.

With Girona a lot more likely to be playing Champions League football than Chelsea next season, Michel may be happy to sit and wait for his shot.

3. Ruben Amorim

Jurgen Klopp’s announcement that he would be leaving Liverpool at the end of the season has thrown a real spanner in the works. It’s been reported that the Reds have already offered Amirom a three-year deal to take over, but it ain’t over until Boehly sings.

Young Portuguese managers have had varying success at Stamford Bridge. Mourinho was incredible, Andre Villas-Boas not so much. Amorim and Sporting are currently sitting pretty at the top of Liga Portugal, he guided them to their first league in 19 years in 2020/21, this would be their second in the past four.

Amirom will likely have a large part to play in the upcoming manager merry-go-round. It’s up to him where he ends up.

2. Roberto De Zerbi

It wouldn’t be the first time Chelsea stole a manager from Brighton and Hove Albion, if they do go for De Zerbi, they’ll be hoping he’s more successful than Graham Potter.

After an impressive start to the season, Brighton have somewhat veered off course in recent months. The Seagulls are currently in 10th, just one point behind Chelsea having played one more game.

Chat about the Italian being the next big thing has quietened, but Chelsea may still have faith. With any form of European football looking unlikely for either club and the fact that Chelsea have essentially funded Brighton for the past couple of seasons, this is looking likely.

1. Julian Nagelsmann

The 36-year-old German may be the man leading his country in Euro 2024, but it’s not exactly a secret he’s looking to get back into club management.

It was reported that Nagelsmann was interviewed on more than one occasion before Chelsea settled on Pochettino. Boehly and co may have to do some groveling.

For the moment, he’s committed to taking Germany as far as they can go this summer, but after that, and with Liverpool seemingly looking elsewhere, Chelsea might be the move.

Get Football | Alex Roberts

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