Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer agree when discussing Mauricio Pochettino’s position at Chelsea.

It’s been a turbulent first year in charge for Mauricio Pochettino as the Chelsea head coach, but a purple patch of form towards the end of the season is threatening to lift the mood of supporters.

The Blues are up to seventh in the Premier League table after back-to-back wins over Tottenham and West Ham last week, so a European finish may actually be back on the cards.

Journalist David Ornstein recently told NBC Sports that Chelsea are planning to review Pochettino’s position in the dugout at the end of the season. It’s stated that the club are demanding they qualify for the Europa League this campaign.

Mauricio Pochettino the head coach / manager of Chelsea  during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge ...
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Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer agree on Chelsea

Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer, the two former England strikers, are both very optimistic when it comes to Pochettino’s position at Chelsea despite all the outside noise about his future.

It sounds like both agree that the 52-year-old manager should be given a second year at Stamford Bridge. It’s worth remembering he only signed a two-year deal when he took charge at the club last summer.

They’ve told Chelsea the one thing they should do is stick with the current man in the dugout.

Shearer said on The Rest Is Football: “I’m pleased for Pochettino because it’s been a rough year for him. There’s been a lot of criticism, which you are going to get, particularly at Chelsea, because they don’t want to hang around. They’ve done really well to get in the position they are in.

Lineker replied:: “They’ll stick with him won’t they? They’d be mad not to. He’s building something.”

Shearer said: “Yeah, they’ll stick with him.”

Lineker added: “I bump into a lot of Chelsea fans. They’re all suddenly going they’re not going to get rid of Poch. Whereas two months ago I’m not sure they were that.”

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Should Mauricio Pochettino stay?

It feels like there’s been a shift of momentum in the last few weeks with improved results and performances, but is it enough to warrant Pochettino getting a second year.

If Chelsea get over the line in style in their final three league matches, you could make a strong case that Pochettino’s plans with this young group are clicking into gear and the smart move would be to stick with him.

From what you hear in player interviews, Pochettino is well liked by his players and has the dressing room on side even during a challenging campaign. Speaking via The Evening Standard last month, Marc Cucurella insisted the Chelsea players are still firmly behind Pochettino.

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