Mauricio Pochettino’s position as Chelsea manager is “not thought to be under immediate threat”, according to The Guardian journalist Jacob Steinberg.
There has been growing speculation about Pochettino’s future after the Blues suffered their tenth league defeat of the season against Wolves at the weekend.
Chelsea currently sit 11th in the table; 20 points adrift of league leaders Liverpool and 7 off 6th place Manchester United.
The London club have conceded 8 goals in the space of 5 days, with many supporters critical of the players, the manager and the board after another disastrous campaign.
Pochettino has admitted that his job is not safe
Speaking after the 4-2 defeat against Wolves on Sunday, Pochettino gave a frank assessment of the current situation at Stamford Bridge, stating nobody can be immune from criticism for some unacceptable performances and results:
“We are not good enough [today]. Myself, also. I’m responsible for this situation. What we showed today was not good enough. We didn’t manage the situation properly and, of course, no one can be safe. I don’t want to come here and say I am the best. We’re all responsible.”
“The players need to take responsibility like I take responsibility. At the moment, we’re not matching the history of the club. That’s true. We need to accept it, be critical but we cannot give up. We’ll work hard to change. If it’s not working in this way, we need to move on and find a different solution.”
Chelsea’s vice-captain makes stunning admission
“I think they showed that they ‘wanted it’ more than us. That’s not to say that we didn’t want it, but I think they just showed that bit more fight than us.”
It’s not something that a player would normally say in public and it demonstrates that the issues at the club run deeper than the manager.