Revealed: Five managers emerge as Pochettino successor as Chelsea draw up shortlist amid pressure for change

Chelsea have reportedly drawn up a shortlist of managers amid fresh calls for Mauricio Pochettino to be sacked by after the Blues dropped into the bottom half of the table as a result of their 4-2 defeat by Wolves at Stamford Bridge.

Thiago Silva’s wife has even called for change and with the Argentine seemingly unable to get the most out of a squad that has cost over £1billion, his head is firmly on the chopping block.

They want to have a replacement lined up before Pochettino is sacked, they don’t want a repeat of how long his appointment took.

Hansi Flick, who was reportedly at Stamford Bridge during the awful Wolves encounter, is one of the favourites, liked for pedigree and availability. Also told Girona manager Michel Sanchez is appreciated.

Xabi Alonso

Bayern Leverkusen boss Xabi Alonso is currently top of the Bundesliga table and potentially earmarked to take over from Jurgen Klopp at his former club Liverpool. However, the Spaniard could be enticed by Chelsea’s project, with plenty of talented young players, and the chance to return to England this month.

However, it would be a very difficult ask to prise him away from Germany. Alonso has been tipped to become the next elite manager and Chelsea would be remiss if they did not at least try to hire him if Pochettino were to be sacked.

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has already made his stance clear that he wants a return to the Premier League, albeit aimed towards the Manchester United position rather than Chelsea. The ‘Special One’ remains a fan favourite at Stamford Bridge and if he can recapture elements from his first two spells at the club for a third time then it would be a welcomed homecoming.

Mourinho is currently out of work having been sacked by Roma last month, but his authoritarian approach could be exactly what Chelsea’s young squad need as they appear deprived of leadership.

Xavi

Xavi announced that he would be leaving Barcelona at the end of the season after the Spanish icon largely enjoyed a positive spell in management at the Nou Camp. Despite trailing La Liga leaders Real Madrid by seven points, his time in charge will be remembered fondly.

He navigated a financial minefield while guiding Barcelona to the title last season and plays an attractive style of football that the Chelsea board would insist on in their Pochettino replacement.

Thomas Frank

Brentford boss Thomas Frank does represent a more pragmatic approach, but he continues to build on solid work at Chelsea’s local rivals and regularly outperforms their rivals who have a larger budget to work with.

As Chelsea are now forced to operate with financial constraints, marginal gains in all areas will be necessary and Frank is a specialist in that subject.

The appointment could also give Chelsea a helping hand in their pursuit of Ivan Toney, as the England forward enjoys a strong relationship with his Brentford boss and a reunion at Stamford Bridge could give them an edge over other interested parties.

Michel Sanchez

Girona head coach Michel Sanchez has put himself on the radar of English teams after guiding his side to an unlikely title charge this season. Spearheaded by Artem Dovbyk, Girona and Michel have been this year’s surprise package and will be in line for a move to a top European club.

He impressively took Girona to promotion in his first season in charge before a 10th-placed finish and then an unexpected push for the title. Football.London claim that he is one of the names in the frame to replace Pochettino in addition to being the current bookies favourite to take over at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea Player Ratings vs Wolves: Caicedo, Gusto, others dismal as Palmer, Mudryk put up fight

For the second time in a week, Chelsea conceded four in an embarrassing defeat, but this was not against Liverpool away.

Matheus Cunha scored a HAT-TRICK as the visitors ran riot at Stamford Bridge with pressure mounting on under-fire Blues boss Mauricio Pochettino after another avoidable loss.

Djordje Petrovic – 5

The exposed Serb made several big saves to keep Chelsea in it but couldn’t do much about the goals.

Malo Gusto – 3

The defender kept putting Chelsea in danger with his passing, was booked midway through the first half and gave away a penalty.

Axel Disasi – 5

The centre-back was the best of a bad bunch and unlucky to see a shot deflect in off his attempted block, which went down as an own goal.

Thiago Silva – 5

Cunha’s shot unluckily deflected off the 39-year-old, but he looked sluggish at the back.

Ben Chilwell – 5

The vice-captain was aggressive but couldn’t handle the exceptional Pedro Neto.

Enzo Fernandez – 4

The most advanced of the midfielders at times but was poor defensively when Wolves were in transition.

Moises Caicedo – 3

The British transfer record signing set up Palmer’s goal but was caught in possession multiple times, including for Cunha’s equaliser, and was taken off early.

Cole Palmer – 7

Palmer netted his 12th goal for Chelsea in all competitions to cap off a brilliant move and was the only positive performer.

Conor Gallagher – 4

Involved in the first goal but kept giving away possession.

Raheem Sterling – 4

The winger was booed off after a wasteful display in which he missed an important chance to equalise

Christopher Nkunku – 4

The Frenchman looked a little rusty running through on goal early on and was entirely anonymous.

Substitutes

Nicolas Jackson – 5

The striker was a much-needed change for his struggling side but missed a good headed opportunity.

Mykhailo Mudryk – 6

The Ukrainian got on the ball at least when on the pitch and set up Silva’s goal.

Carney Chukwuemeka – 5

The midfielder made almost no impact after coming on.

Alfie Gilchrist – N/A

Benoit Badiashile – N/A

Unused subs: Bettinelli, Bergstrom, Casadei, Madueke.