Chelsea's desperation grows as they eye Pochettino for managerial role following five consecutive defeats under Lampard
According to The Athletic, Chelsea's recent string of five consecutive losses under Frank Lampard has led to their growing desperation to bring in Mauricio Pochettino as their new permanent manager.
"Pochettino’s leverage in talks to succeed Potter is being bolstered every time Chelsea take to the pitch [and lose]," The Athletic explains.
"After everything that has happened this season, after all the hits to their credibility in this excruciating first campaign of their ownership, can owners Boehly and Eghbali now afford for the most proven candidate left on their shortlist — and so clearly the preferred choice — to walk away? [no way]"
Pochettino is presenting challenging requests to Chelsea before agreeing to become their next coach, and most of these requests do not involve finances.
Sources indicate that Pochettino's demands for joining Chelsea include having no interference from the club's co-owners in the dressing room, as well as full authority over transfers and player development. Interestingly, these requests are similar to those made by Thomas Tuchel before his departure from Chelsea.
At Tottenham, Pochettino's impact on Harry Kane is widely acknowledged, as he helped transform him from the fourth-choice striker to one of the world's best. He also played a key role in persuading Spurs to keep Heung-Min Son, even when the club was considering selling him.
Pochettino's dedication to player development is further exemplified by his efforts in rebuilding Ryan Mason, both as a player and as a person.
Chelsea is aware of Pochettino's capabilities, as they have attempted to hire him twice before under the ownership of Roman Abramovich through Marina Granovskaia, who held him in high regard.