Sacking Pochettino would be “madness” – Gary Neville to Chelsea

Manchester United legend, Gary Neville, has stated that it would be “madness” for Chelsea to fire its head manager, Mauricio Pochettino.

The defender expressed his view on Sky Sports, after the Blues defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the Premier League on Thursday night.

Sacking Pochettino would be "madness" - Gary Neville to Chelsea

He said Pochettino’s quality of work with these ‘types of players is renowned’, hence why it will be wrong to change him as the coach.

Neville said: “There was talk of Pochettino being under pressure a month or so ago. But I think it would be madness to change the coach whose quality of work with these types of players is renowned.

“Making sure you have stability through another transfer window seems more critical than the idea someone else would come in and do a better job. Pochettino has had some up and down moments this season. But this is a good one.”

Meanwhile, in related news…

Former Chelsea midfielder, John Obi Mikel recently opined that Mauricio Pochettino would have been sacked if Roman Abramovich still owned the club.

Abramovich was forced to sell the two-time Champions League winning outfit over 18 months ago. Pochettino arrived in the summer and is struggling to get the team performing consistently and the Blues sit in 11th place on the Premier League table.

Speaking on the matter, Mikel Obi said: “Some of the criticism has been over the top, but we went through the same thing playing for Chelsea when we were not winning, getting criticised and watching managers losing their jobs. This is Chelsea. You have to win. You have to win games and trophies.

“Yes, we’ve given them time, but they have had time to start gelling, coming together, and playing much better. I defend the players and coach. They have to be given time, but how much time? This is Chelsea FC. If this was the [Roman] Abramovich era, he would have lost his job.”