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Pochettino future unsafe after Arsenal humbling – The Telegraph report

Chelsea face a crucial decision on the future of manager Mauricio Pochettino. The club must decide whether to stick with the Argentine or embark on another summer of upheaval.

Despite the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester City and a recent thrashing at the hands of Arsenal, a definitive call on Pochettino hasn’t been made, per Telegraph Sport

The Blues limped out of the FA Cup after a typical showing. They created the better chances, but striker Nicolas Jackson squandered the opportunities, allowing City to score one and claim the victory.

The Premier League has not offered much respite for the Argentine manager as he continued his abysmal record of never winning at the Emirates Stadium yesterday.

Chelsea were absolutely mullered by a rampant Arsenal side that made the Blues’ tactical setup look inept. Chelsea have conceded 57 goals after 32 games, their worst defensive record in the EPL with six games to go.

There has been frustration with some of his selections, substitutions, and tactics, but the manager somehow still enjoys pockets of support within the club. 

There’s a recognition of the challenging circumstances he’s navigated, including inheriting a very young squad. 

This understanding has tempered the blame solely directed at Pochettino for Chelsea’s struggles.

Amidst the chaos, Chelsea remain an attractive proposition for top managers, and potential replacements will line up should Pochettino leave.

With a challenging six-game run-in featuring clashes against Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur, Pochettino’s task of securing European qualification seems daunting. 

Failure to reach continental competition will intensify scrutiny ahead of the end-of-season review by the co-ownership group (Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital Consortium) and sporting directors.

Pochettino has to go, along with the sporting directors

Pochettino deserves some sympathy for inheriting a young squad, but the blame cannot all rest on the former Paris Saint-Germain boss.

The leaky defence, imbalanced midfield, and impotent attack point to a deeper issue. 

This team isn’t a squad built to compete – it’s a haphazard collection of players that lack cohesion. The blame lies squarely with the sporting directors Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley who assembled this mess.

Chelsea need a clean break. Pochettino should take the fall, but his departure alone won’t solve the underlying problems. 

The sporting directors who greenlit these questionable signings must also go. Only then can Chelsea begin rebuilding with a clear vision and a competent team behind the scenes.

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