The pressure on Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino is mounting as the club endure the worst start to a league season in over 45 years. With just one win in the opening six league games and issues from last term carrying over into the early weeks of his tenure, discontent has built already.
Ahead of facing Brighton in the Carabao Cup, one of the two most likely routes to silverware this term,Pochettino once more experienced a wave of boos from the home crowd at Stamford Bridge. It's the second time in a row he was been greeted with such a response as the Blues failed to score for a third game.
It leaves them once more stranded in mid-table and with a daunting set of fixtures to come as well. Despite the plans to give managers time at SW6, the disgruntled atmosphere and continuing poor form — which rivals the worst in the league over the past 12 months — there have already been calls for the manager's head.
Speaking on talkSPORT, Simon Jordan lay the book firmly at his door earlier this week. Now, Darren Bent has gone a step further and predicts trouble for the Argentine in the coming months. «Chelsea I almost feel are stuck in this kind of phase where, are they going to be a team that rebuilds or do they need instant success now?» he mused.
«Now, [Graham] Potter was supposed to be the one that rebuilt Chelsea but yet it was getting that bad they went, ‘No, pull the plug.’ I almost feel like with Pochettino, if this doesn’t get better, they can say all they want about, ‘Yeah we’ll give him time, he’s got to rebuild the squad.’
»If Chelsea, come Christmas time, are bottom half of the table and I’m talking like halfway between bottom and top ten, they might have to make a change."
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