Mauricio Pochettino leaves Chelsea after crisis talks with club owners

Mauricio Pochettino leaves Chelsea after a positive end to the season in which European qualification began to work for the club in July 2023.

Mauricio Pochettino has left Chelsea(Stephanie Meek/Getty Images)

Mauricio Pochettino has left Chelsea by mutual agreement.

Pochettino leaves the club after less than a year in charge and agreed a two-year deal last summer. In addition to Pochettino, Jesús Pérez, Miguel d’Agostino, Toni Jiménez and Sebastiano Pochettino have left the club.

Chelsea finished sixth in the Premier League in a big improvement on the previous year, but the former Spurs boss becomes the third permanent manager the club has parted ways with since the 2022 takeover.

The decision comes after a season of uncertainty surrounding the Argentine coach’s position after a difficult start at Stamford Bridge. For much of 2023/24, the team languished in mid-table before a change of fortune from February saw them move up the table.

A meeting took place between Pochettino and sporting directors Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley and co-owner Behdad Eghbali in which Pochettino agreed to his departure.

Sporting directors Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley said in the club’s statement: “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 best. better in his future career as a coach.

Mauricio 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 advancing in the Premier League and Europe in the coming years.” .

Mauricio Pochettino during Chelsea’s fifth consecutive victory to close the Premier League season.

t The Blues manager hinted before the end of the season that the decision on his future would not be solely in the hands of the club. “Look, it’s not important,” he said.