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

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 previous season in 12th place.

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

Technical assistants 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.”

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The 52-year-old Argentine, who had only been in the job for 11 months, was appointed last May after a long recruitment process, replacing interim coach Frank Lampard, who arrived after the dismissal of Graham Potter 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.

The 52-year-old coach guided Chelsea to sixth place in the Premier League this season.
The 52-year-old coach guided Chelsea to sixth place in the Premier League this season.

After a final-day win against Bournemouth on Sunday, 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.

The club’s sporting directors, Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley, said: “On behalf of everyone at Chelsea, we would like to express our thanks to Mauricio for his service this season.

“He will be welcome to Stamford Bridge any time and we wish him all the best in his future coaching career.”

The 51-year-old arrived after a year without work. He previously won Ligue 1 during an 18-month spell with Paris Saint-Germain and spent more than five years in charge of Tottenham, reaching the 2019 Champions League final.

Ipswich’s Kieran McKenna, Leicester’s Enzo Maresca, Stuttgart’s Sebastian Hoeness and Girona’s Michel are reportedly on the Blues’ list of possible replacements.

“History repeats itself with the departure of Pochettino”

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Sky Sports News understands Mauricio Pochettino left Chelsea by mutual agreement, but why is the Argentine leaving?

Sky Sports Chief Reporter Kaveh Solhekol:

“We all know that Mauricio Pochettino had a pretty difficult season at Stamford Bridge, but it seemed like things had changed. The results had improved, the fans felt a connection with him and the team.

“But the season ended and Mauricio had a meeting with the two sporting directors of Chelsea, and after conversations they decided to sleep on the matter. But in the end both parties felt that in the future they could not make things work, they were on their way. different.

“Pochettino revealed that he had dinner with Todd Boehly recently and that it had gone well, but behind the scenes there have been some doubts. Chelsea are such a big club, politically there is a lot going on.

“Chelsea believe they are a Champions League club. For various reasons, they have not met that goal. There are no hard feelings between the owners and Mauricio Pochettino, the players like him and the fans like him too.

“It’s a job that takes time. Chelsea coaches don’t have much time and it seems like history is repeating itself under the new owner.”

Poch’s last interview: “My future will be decided by the owners”

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Speaking after Chelsea’s final Premier League game of the season, Mauricio Pochettino claimed his future at the club was out of his control.

Why is Poch gone now?

Sky Sports Chief Reporter Kaveh Solhekol:

“Pochettino had one year left on his contract and the terms of his contract will be respected.

“One issue was that Chelsea is in the Club World Cup next June (2025) and that is when their contract ends.

“So, Chelsea and Pochettino had to decide whether to agree a new deal now or go their separate ways.

“Chelsea could not face the next season with a coach whose contract would end during the Club World Cup.

“Chelsea’s management group respects the work Pochettino has done and relations were friendly.”