At some point in the last few years, my email got on a media distribution list, which means that every day, my inbox gets spammed by various betting companies pushing useless stories, usually based on dubious surveys (or even worse, ex-player quotes). One that arrived this morning claimed that 1-in-10 Premier League fans believe they could do a better job than their team’s current manager, with Chelsea fans specifically second highest on the list at 17%.
I don’t know who participated in this survey, but I’m quite certain that number should be around 97% instead.
(Ironically, the highest on the list were Liverpool fans, at 20%, despite their team literally leading the league right now. Ah, football fans.)
In any case, today’s report from The Telegraph thus might be a bit disappointing for those who want to see heads roll after our first defeat in four, after a result that we will most likely easily overturn in a couple weeks. The report claims that Mauricio Pochettino’s job is safe, for now, and certainly as long as we remain in contention for Europe — even if that Europe is just the Europa Conference League (which we would qualify for by winning the League Cup, for example).
Other routes into Europe next season include winning the FA Cup, which gets you into the Europa League, just as finishing fifth does. We’re currently some distance behind that, though conceivably finishing seventh would be enough since teams cannot qualify for two European competitions at the same time (i.e. if Liverpool win the League Cup, they won’t go to the Europa Conference over the Champions League) — and we’re somehow just three points off seventh at the moment, despite all the frustrations of the first half of the season.
So, the project rolls on for now, and maintain some stability. Poch has the players on his side, and as long as that remains the case, we can maintain hope that results can improve soon.