Pochettino leaves Chelsea by mutual agreement: club

Mauricio Pochettino has left Chelsea after just one season in charge by mutual agreement, the English club announced on Tuesday.

The Blues finished sixth in the Premier League thanks to a good run towards the end of the season, but missed out on qualifying for the Champions League and winning a trophy.

“Chelsea FC can confirm that the club and Mauricio Pochettino have mutually agreed to part ways,” Chelsea said in a statement.

In just two years, under the ownership of an American consortium led by Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Todd Boehly and private equity group Clearlake Capital, Chelsea has spent more than £1 billion dollars) in new players.

The vast majority of that game was spent on rising stars and Pochettino pointed to a lack of experience and a long injury list for failing to produce consistent results.

Chelsea lost the League Cup final 1-0 to Liverpool after extra time and pressured Manchester City until the end before losing in the FA Cup semi-finals by the same score.

But there were signs that Pochettino’s project was taking shape in a run of five consecutive wins to end the season that ensured Chelsea will be in Europe next season.

They will qualify for the Europa League if Manchester United lose to City in the FA Cup final and for the Conference League if the Red Devils surprise the English champions.

“Thank you to the Chelsea owners and sporting directors for the opportunity to be part of the history of this football club,” Pochettino said.

“The club is now well positioned to continue making progress in the Premier League and Europe in the coming years.”

Chelsea sporting directors Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley said: “On behalf of everyone at Chelsea, we would like to express our gratitude 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.”