Mauricio Pochettino Chelsea announcement delay explained as Frank Lampard reveals first task
The Blues are still waiting for Mauricio Pochettino to be named manager, but have been assured that the wait will be worthwhile.
Gary Neville believes Chelsea will make a speedy recovery under Mauricio Pochettino and has made a bold prediction for next season. According to Football. london, the former Tottenham Hotspur manager has agreed to join at the end of the season, but no statement has been made.
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The club’s silence has troubled some, as the team’s performance on the field has continued to fall short. Frank Lampard now has just one more game in charge, a home game against Newcastle on Sunday, his second managerial farewell.
The next time Chelsea plays in league action after that will be Pochettino’s first as the club’s new manager, and Neville believes it’s a match made in heaven with high expectations.
“He did it at Tottenham, where he refined the squad back from where it was and weeded out the players he didn’t want very quickly and was clinical around that, and then worked around a very talented group of players that he developed into a fantastic team,” Neville said ahead of Manchester United’s match at Old Trafford.
“I think Chelsea have a similar situation, and they have more players than Tottenham had there, but I think he’ll look at this group of players and think that with one or two additions, a center-back, a midfield player, obviously needs a striker, he’ll think that with one or two additions, a center-back, a midfield player, obviously needs a striker.” In the first transfer window, perhaps one of those other two positions and a striker.”I believe he believes he can mold these into a top three challenging team; I do not believe this is impossible, but they do require rapid molding. He’ll want to improve the locker room and get the players he wants in there.”
The Blues have a lot to do in the meantime, with around 15 first-team players likely leaving in the summer. It will be a major streamlining exercise for the new ownership group, who have amassed a large roster. “The squad size is something that the club will address, and the new manager will understand that,” Lampard said before the game. “The manager will arrive with his tactical approach and style. Several fundamentals and standards have noticeably slipped.”
Pochettino is known for being demanding of his players in this regard, and Neville can see the club structure being adjusted to aid the existing manager. “I’m not surprised in the last 24 hours that we’ve seen Todd Boehly step back, that’s just PR, that happens all the time, Ed Woodward said that for a few years here,” he continued.”I think the reason it’s four, five, six weeks, the Pochettino discussions, is he’ll be making sure he’s got the right team around him in the first team squad, the medical squad, sports scientists.”Also, there will be no meddling from above. There have been reports this season of Chelsea’s owners, and sporting directors, interfering and commenting in the dressing room, which is something they should not do. “That’s what he’ll be making sure is happening, and he won’t come in – he’s got too much experience now – unless the conditions are right, and I suspect he’s got authority on that now.”
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