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Chelsea and Mauricio Pochettino part ways: Official confirmation of Pochettino’s departure

As widely expected and following earlier reports in the English press, Argentinian manager Mauricio Pochettino has left Chelsea by mutual agreement with the club’s hierarchy. The London club, dissatisfied with the team’s lack of progress over the past 12 months, has decided to take action. A new coach will therefore take over the reins of the Blues in the coming weeks.

The 52-year-old Argentinian leaves Stamford Bridge with a record of 26 wins, 11 draws and 14 defeats in 51 matches in charge: “Chelsea FC can confirm that the Club and Mauricio Pochettino have agreed by mutual consent to part ways.” Chelsea finished their league season in 6th position, but enjoyed good runs in the domestic cups, reaching the FA Cup semi-final and the League Cup final.

Time for a change

The time has come for a change for the third iteration of Chelsea under BlueCo. Sporting directors Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley said: “On behalf of everyone at Chelsea, we would like to express our gratitude to Mauricio for his service this season. He will always be welcome at Stamford Bridge and we wish him the best in his future coaching career,” they wrote in the official statement published on the club’s website.

A marriage that never quite worked

The Argentinian coach will therefore have to look for a new club, while Chelsea has already set about its search for its future tactician. The marriage between the club and the former PSG and Tottenham manager never quite worked. Yet the new ownership had put in the resources to give the Argentinian and his staff the most competitive squad possible.

Indeed, upon taking over the club in June 2022, American billionaire Todd Boehly broke the bank to attract the biggest nuggets of European football and a few months later chose Mauricio Pochettino to succeed Graham Potter after Frank Lampard’s interim spell on the Blues bench. But despite the millions spent in the various transfer windows, the Argentinian coach was never able to guide the London club to the top of the Premier League.

What next for Chelsea?

It remains to be seen who Chelsea will appoint as their new manager. There are a number of potential candidates, including Thomas Tuchel, Graham Potter, and Zinedine Zidane. Whoever takes charge will have a big task on their hands, as they will need to try to build a team that can challenge for the Premier League title and the Champions League.

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