Chelsea are reportedly concerned that sacking Mauricio Pochettino and his backroom staff could lead to sanctions from the Premier League for breaching Profit & Sustainability Rules (PSR).
After losing 4-2 at home to Wolves on Sunday, the Blues fell to 11th place in the table. Disgruntled supporters at Stamford Bridge booed the team off at the end of both halves, and fans chanted “we’re f****g S**t” as well as the name of former owner Roman Abramovich.
There have been increasing demands for Pochettino to be dismissed, but according to the Daily Mail, this might not be a straightforward decision.
Chelsea are reportedly worried about violating Premier League spending regulations if they terminate Pochettino and his staff’s contracts, as a payout at this stage could cost the club over £10m. They are also obligated to pay former head coach Graham Potter £13m until he secures a new job.
If Chelsea dismiss Pochettino before June, any payout will be factored into this season’s PSR calculations. Clubs are allowed to incur losses of £105m over a three-year period, but the Blues’ lavish spending in the transfer market could have consequences if they fail to qualify for the Champions League—a scenario that currently seems unlikely.
Chelsea might violate PSR rules if they fire Pochettino
Clubs found in breach of PSR could face penalties such as points deductions, with Everton already having ten points deducted this season and potentially facing further sanctions. Nottingham Forest is also facing charges and may face points deductions.
According to the report, Chelsea is not currently considering a managerial change, but the financial implications of sacking Pochettino are a significant consideration. The club would prefer to reassess the situation at the season’s end.
Despite their struggles in the Premier League, Chelsea has reached the final of the Carabao Cup. They are set to face Liverpool at Wembley on February 25, with Pochettino aiming to secure his first trophy in English football.