Chelsea FC Part Ways With Mauricio Pochettino With Immediate Effect

Chelsea FC Part Ways With Mauricio Pochettino With Immediate Effect

Babajide Orevba
updated at May 21, 2024 at 7:14 PM
  • Mauricio Pochettino has left Premier League club, Chelsea, after one season in charge
  • The London club announced that the 52-year-old tactician had left by mutual consent
  • Poch guided the Stamford Bridge outfit to a sixth-place finish in their league campaign

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Chelsea have announced that the club and Mauricio Pochettino have mutually agreed to part ways after just one season.

The 52-year-old guided the London club to finish sixth in the Premier League, clinching a spot in next season's Europa League.

The Argentine was appointed last May after a lengthy recruitment process, replacing interim manager, Frank Lampard, who arrived after Graham Potter's sacking in April 2023.

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Mauricio Pochettino has left Chelsea by mutual consent, as of May 21, 2024. Photo credit: Alex Pantling.
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The London club spent over £400 million on new signings last summer but also sold nearly £250mil worth of players.

A number of senior squad members, including Cesar Azpilicueta, N'Golo Kante, and Mateo Kovacic, left.

Despite this, Pochettino led his youthful squad to the Carabao Cup final, but the Blues struggled in the league. However, they picked up five successive wins and secured European football with a sixth-place finish.

In a statement released on Wednesday night, sporting directors Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley said, via the club's website:

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

In his reaction, the former Tottenham manager, who leaves along with his assistants, thanked the club:

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

Cole Palmer hails Pochettino

Sports Brief previously reported that Cole Palmer opened up about what Chelsea players thought of coach Pochettino in the days leading up to his departure.

The Blues struggled early on and shuttled between midtable positions for most of the year, but a resurgence saw them begin competing for European places.

The former Manchester City star backed the Argentine and said his teammates shared that same view and wanted to fight for Pochettino as their manager.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.