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Key Chelsea figures back Pochettino ahead of crunch talks

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino is regaining the support of key figures at the club even though his future remains unclear ahead of an end-of-season review, according to the Guardian.

The Argentinian manager has endured a rollercoaster debut campaign at Stamford Bridge.  

Early season struggles and a hefty transfer outlay that failed to secure Champions League football put Pochettino under immense pressure.

However, a recent resurgence has propelled Chelsea to the cusp of Europa League qualification.

This positive momentum appears to have swayed some influential voices within the Chelsea hierarchy. 

Prominent figures believe retaining Pochettino, who signed a two-year deal with an option for a third, is the wisest course of action. 

However, the final call rests with controlling co-owners Todd Boehly, Behdad Eghbali and Jose Feliciano. 

There’s a growing sense that Pochettino will stay, but there must be a unanimous decision from the board.  

The club was leaning towards sacking Pochettino just a few weeks ago.  

However, victories over West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Brighton & Hove Albion and Nottingham Forest have changed the narrative.

This uncertainty has impacted Pochettino, who hinted at potentially leaving the club following the review.  

He wants greater control over transfers to bring in more experienced players. There is friction with sporting directors Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart, who are keen on adding more young talents instead.

Chelsea are keen to ensure Pochettino feels valued. They understand the challenges he has overcome and believe a sixth-place finish is a respectable achievement.  

The club credits Pochettino with developing young talents such as Nicolas Jackson, Cole Palmer, Malo Gusto and Conor Gallagher.

Pochettino’s tactical tweaks, including using Marc Cucurella as an inverted full-back, have also revitalised the squad.

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