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Pochettino departs Chelsea by mutual consent

This move marks the third permanent manager to leave Chelsea since Todd Boehly's consortium takeover in May 2022

Mauricio Pochettino’s tenure at Chelsea has come to an abrupt end after the club and the Argentine manager agreed to part ways by mutual consent on Tuesday (21 May).

The decision follows a meeting on Monday (20 May) with sporting directors Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart and co-controlling owner Behdad Eghbali, where it was determined a change in direction was needed.

Pochettino arrived at Stamford Bridge with much fanfare last summer, but his reign lasted just one season. The 52-year-old guided Chelsea to a sixth-place finish in the Premier League, securing European qualification, and reached the Carabao Cup final and the FA Cup semi-finals. However, it appears the club’s hierarchy was looking for a different approach.

In a statement released on Tuesday (21 May), Chelsea confirmed Pochettino’s departure alongside his backroom staff, including Jesus Perez, Miguel d’Agostino, Toni Jimenez, and Sebastiano Pochettino.

The club remained tight-lipped on a replacement, stating they would “be making no further comment until such time as a new head coach is appointed.”

Sporting directors Stewart and Winstanley offered their gratitude to Pochettino, acknowledging his contributions: “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 very best in his future coaching career.”

Pochettino’s departure leaves a significant void at Chelsea. The club has already been linked with potential replacements, including Ipswich Town boss Kieran McKenna and recently departed Brighton & Hove Albion manager Roberto De Zerbi.

This move marks the third permanent manager to leave Chelsea since Todd Boehly’s consortium takeover in May 2022.

Pochettino follows in the footsteps of Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter, highlighting the ownership’s search for the right fit to lead the club forward.

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