Mauricio Pochettino leaves Chelsea by mutual agreement after just one season in charge | football news

Mauricio Pochettino has left Chelsea by mutual agreement after just one season in charge.

A statement issued on Tuesday read: “Chelsea FC can confirm that the club and Mauricio Pochettino have mutually agreed to part ways.”

The assistant coaches Jesús Pérez, Miguel d’Agostino, Toni Jiménez and Sebastiano Pochettino have also left.

Pochettino said: “Thank you to Chelsea’s ownership group and sporting directors for the opportunity to be part of this football club’s history. The club is now well positioned to continue making progress in the Premier League and Europe in the coming years.”

Pochettino was appointed last May after a lengthy recruitment process, replacing interim manager Frank Lampard, who arrived after Graham Potter was sacked in April 2023.

Chelsea spent more than £400m on new signings, many of them under-25s, over the summer, but also sold almost £250m on players, with veteran members of the dressing room such as Cesar Azpilicueta, N’Golo Kante and Mateo. Kovacic leaves.

Pochettino led his youth team to the Carabao Cup final and, despite a largely struggling season, finished the Premier League campaign with five consecutive wins and secured European football with a sixth-place finish. Chelsea had finished the 2022/23 campaign in 12th place.

After a final day win against Bournemouth, Pochettino said he did not know if Chelsea would hold an end-of-season review to decide his future, but following talks on Monday, the decision was made that he would resign.