Pochettino given reprieve - report
Espanyol's under-fire coach Mauricio Pochettino is to stay at the club for another week at least, according to a report in Mundo Deportivo on Tuesday.
Pochettino admitted he was considering his future after fans chanted for his resignation during the 3-0 home defeat to Osasuna on Saturday, and possible replacements were reportedly sounded out over the weekend.
However, during a phone conference with club chief executive Joan Collet and sporting director Ramon Planes on Tuesday morning it was decided that the former Pericos defender would remain in charge for Espanyol's game at Valencia in La Liga on Saturday.
Espanyol have just nine points from 11 games and are currently 19th in the Primera Division table. The situation is complicated by next Monday's presidential elections at the club, which is heavily in debt and short of the money which would be required to pay off Pochettino and his coaching team.
Mundo Deportivo had earlier reported that Espanyol had contacted currently out of work coaches Javier Aguirre, Ernesto Valverde and Miguel Angel Lotina about their availability to replace Pochettino. A managerial change could still happen once a new president has been elected, with Collet a leading candidate for the position alongside Sergio Olivero.
On Monday, Espanyol midfielder Victor Sanchez backed Pochettino to continue, saying that it was the players, not their boss, who needed to improve their performances.
"The chants against Pochettino were chants against us," the player said. "All the players are with the boss. We are all in the same boat, and the easiest thing to do is criticise the coach. We know when they scream at him they are asking us for more effort, sacrifice, fight and results. It is clear we need to turn things around."
The former Barcelona, Getafe and Neuchatel Xamax player praised the work the Argentine had done under difficult conditions at Espanyol.
"It would not be the same without him," Sanchez said. "Since I came here the coach and team have had good and bad moments, but the line to follow has always been good. He has also brought through many players from the cantera."