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Chelsea And Pochettino Part Ways After Just One Season

Mauricio Pochettino Leaves Chelsea
(Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports)

Chelsea And Pochettino Part Ways After Just One Season

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino will leave the club by mutual consent after just one season at the helm, Chelsea announced in a statement on Tuesday.

This comes following an impressive finish to the season from Chelsea that catapulted the Blues to a 6th place finish and a spot in Europe next year after winning their last five Premier League games. Pochettino also led Chelsea to the Carabao Cup final and FA Cup semifinals.

Despite this recent success, there was a split between Chelsea co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali on whether or not to retain Pochettino through the end of his contract that was set to expire next year. Although Boehly wanted to keep Pochettino, Eghbali’s remained frustrated with the club’s poor performance for most of the season after spending £1 billion ($1.27 billion) on new players since the Boehly-Clearlake Capital takeover of May 2022 and decided it would be best for the club to find a new manager.

On behalf of everyone at Chelsea, we would like to express our gratitude to Mauricio for his service this season,” Chelsea sporting Directors Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley said. “He will be welcome back to Stamford Bridge any time and we wish him all the very best in his future coaching career.”

“Thank you to the Chelsea ownership group and Sporting Directors for the opportunity to be part of this football club’s history,” Pochettino said. “The Club is now well positioned to keep moving forward in the Premier League and Europe in the years to come.”

Jesus Perez, Miguel d’Agostino, Toni Jimenez and Sebastiano Pochettino, all former members of Pochettino’s staff, have also left the club.

Pochettino’s departure from the club means that Chelsea will now move on to its 4th permanent manager in the last two years. He will join a club of failed Chelsea managers that includes Bayern’s departing manager Thomas Tuchel and Englishman Graham Potter. Frank Lampard and Bruno Saltor served as interim and caretaker managers during the last two years as well.

It is unclear who Chelsea will look to to lead the team next season. According to ESPN, the club might look for a younger manager such as Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna, who guided Ipswich to the Premier League for the first time in 22 years after back-to-back promotions. Roberto De Zerbi, who recently departed Brighton, and Sporting CP manager Ruben Amorim have also been linked.


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