Chelsea have eight-man coaching list after Mauricio Pochettino’s brutal departure

Chelsea sporting directors Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart are looking for another manager after parting ways with Mauricio Pochettino at the end of the season.

Chelsea fired Mauricio Pochettino(Stephanie Meek/Getty Images)

Chelsea are looking for another new manager after deciding to part ways with Mauricio Pochettino.

Pochettino signed a two-year deal last summer but left after just one season in charge at Stamford Bridge. The decision comes as a surprise after the Argentine had a promising end to the season, with Chelsea coming from behind to finish sixth in the Premier League and secure European football.

After ending the campaign with a 2-1 win over Bournemouth on Sunday, Pochettino met with co-owner Behdad Eghbali and sporting directors Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart. It was mutually agreed that they would part ways right in the middle of Pochettino’s contract.

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

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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.”

Another manager is now being sought, with Pochettino following Graham Potter and Frank Lampard in failing to meet the demands of co-owners Todd Boehly and Eghbali. The Telegraph reports that Winstanley and Stewart already have a few names on their short list. Among them are Stuttgart manager Sebastian Hoeness, Girona’s Michel, Ipswich’s Kieran McKenna and Leicester’s Enzo Maresca.

Meanwhile, The Guardian says Brentford’s Thomas Frank and Burnley’s Vincent Kompany are also being considered and Sky Germany reports that former boss Thomas Tuchel could return and outgoing Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi is another option.