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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Chelsea, Pochettino part ways after one season

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

The management of England football club, Chelsea, and it’s Argentine manager, Mauricio Pochettino, have parted ways by mutual consent, ending the one year relationship at Stamford Bridge in London.

Also, the club approved the departure of his assistants including Jesus Perez, Miguel d’Agostino, Toni Jimenez and Sebastiano Pochettino.

The 52-year-old football tactician, who took charge of London team on 1 July, 2023, signing a two-year contract with the option of a further year, left the club on Tuesday after reaching an agreeing with the club for all parties to go their separate ways.

The Argentine was under pressure after an underwhelming first half of the season but a run of five successive wins to end the season ensured they finished sixth in the Premier League.

After 51 matches at Chelsea, the manager guided the team to second place in the Carabao Cup and reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

“Thank you to the Chelsea ownership group and sporting directors for the opportunity. The club is now well positioned to keep moving forward in the Premier League and Europe in the years to come,” Pochettino said.

Chelsea will now search for a successor and have expressed recent interest in Ipswich manager Kieran McKenna, Sporting’s Ruben Amorim and Burnley’s Vincent Kompany.

Pochettino was Chelsea’s sixth permanent manager in five years, following the sacking of Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter, which led to Frank Lampard taking charge on a temporary basis at the end of the 2022-23 season.

“On behalf of everyone at Chelsea, we would like to express our gratitude to Mauricio for his service this season,”

The Sporting Directors, Laurence Stewart, and Paul Winstanley, while reacting on the new development, said: “He will be welcome back to Stamford Bridge any time and we wish him all the very best in his future coaching career.”

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