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Chelsea still backing Pochettino despite Jose Mourinho waiting in wings but chiefs demand club qualify for Europe

CHELSEA are refusing to press the panic button on boss Mauricio Pochettino’s future — despite a woeful season.

SunSport understands Poch’s job is safe, for now, as he prepares for an FA Cup fourth-round replay at Aston Villa tomorrow.

Chelsea are ready to stick with Mauricio Pochettino for now

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Chelsea are ready to stick with Mauricio Pochettino for nowCredit: PA
Todd Boehly has got through managers at the Bridge, with Bruno even having four games as caretaker

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Todd Boehly has got through managers at the Bridge, with Bruno even having four games as caretaker

The Argentine, 51, who admitted no one is safe following Sunday’s 4-2 hammering by Wolves, is under pressure to turn the club’s fortunes around with fans’ favourite Jose Mourinho available.

Mourinho’s name was sung by Chelsea fans during the Stamford Bridge loss.

And the once ‘Special One’, who won three Prem titles across two spells, is out of work after being sacked by Serie A side Roma.

Club insiders insist Chelsea’s hierarchy are very calm but they do have the determination that their expensive squad should qualify for Europe this season.

The Blues have lost their last two matches in spectacular fashion — conceding EIGHT goals.

Poch’s flops have slipped into the bottom half of the Premier League.

Now they need a positive result against high-flying Villa to stop the rot.

But Chelsea CAN make the Europa Conference League next term, if they win the Carabao Cup final against Liverpool on February 25 at Wembley.

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Chelsea fans booed the team off at half and full- time and even joined in with taunts about Pochettino’s future from the Wolves supporters as they turned on their manager.

Co-controlling owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali are concerned by recent form.

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But they are not enough to sack the third chief of their two year reign, at least for now.

Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter were axed previously for failing to get the best out of the squad which the owners have spent more than £1billion assembling.

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