Mauricio Pochettino Scheduled to Make Return to Stamford Bridge on June 9

Mauricio Pochettino Scheduled to Make Return to Stamford Bridge on June 9

Rene Otinga
updated at May 22, 2024 at 10:15 AM
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  • Mauricio Pochettino is set for an awkward reunion at Chelsea FC
  • The ex-Spurs boss parted ways with the Londoners on Tuesday
  • He will be at the dugout at Stamford Bridge for a charity match

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Mauricio Pochettino is set to make an awkward return to Stamford Bridge in the coming weeks.

Chelsea announced on Tuesday, May 21, that they had parted ways with the Argentine ‘by mutual consent’, bringing an end to his 11-month tenure as the Blues’ boss.

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Mauricio Pochettino's contract at Chelsea was terminated by mutual consent on Tuesday, May 21. Photo: Dan Mullan.
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In the club statement, Chelsea suggested the departure was amicable and that Pochettino was welcome back to Stamford Bridge at any time.

It read, "[Pochettino] will be welcome back to Stamford Bridge any time and we wish him all the very best in his future coaching career."

Well, this is set to be put to the test on June 9, when the former Paris Saint-Germain manager returns to the west London club’s home ground to oversee a Soccer Aid match.

According to talkSPORT, Pochettino, 52, will be in charge of the World XI team with Chelsea legend Eden Hazard.

Another former Chelsea man, Frank Lampard, will also be making a return to the Bridge.

Pochettino is familiar with Soccer Aid matches, having managed the World XI at Old Trafford in 2023.

The now-former Chelsea manager will be joined by his assistant, Jesus Perez, for the match on June 9.

It will be interesting to see how he is received at Stamford Bridge since one key area of concern during his short tenure as Chelsea boss was his connection with supporters.

During Chelsea’s final match of the season against Bournemouth, Pochettino did not address the fans, with the departing Thiago Silva talking to supporters after the final whistle.

Pochettino, who failed to fully win over Chelsea fans because of his long-standing association with London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, was spotted walking straight down the tunnel to attend to media duties after beating the Cherries 2-0.

What next for Chelsea?

The next order of business at Chelsea Football Club will be to seek Pochettino’s replacement.

Several big managerial names have already been linked with the job, including former Brighton boss, Roberto De Zerbi, who left the Seagulls at the end of the 2023/2024 season.

Chelsea fans want Tuchel

Sports Brief also reported on Chelsea fans’ pick for Pochettino’s replacement.

Thousands of fans took to social media on Tuesday to express their desire for Thomas Tuchel to take charge of the Blues for a second stint.

Tuchel won the hearts of supporters at Stamford Bridge after masterminding a famous Champions League triumph in 2021.

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Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and TUKO.co.ke.