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Favourites to become new Chelsea manager as Mauricio Pochettino leaves by mutual consent

Time to check out the favourites to become new Chelsea manager as Mauricio Pochettino leaves the club by mutual consent.

Telegraph Sport report that it came following a series of meetings with the club’s sporting directors, Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart, and co-controlling owner Behdad Eghbali for the last two days.

Pochettino’s side 6th with 63 points from 38 games played, securing European football for the next season and had a run of five consecutive victories.

Despite the amicable parting and the team’s achievements, the season on the whole was deemed to be disappointing, sitting 10th for much of it, before the improved form towards the end of the Premier League season, and now it seems it did not meet the club’s pre-season expectations.

Chelsea are to now get their search underway for a new head coach, with a focus on a young and progressive candidate, the report adds.

CLUB STATEMENT:

Chelsea FC can confirm that the Club and Mauricio Pochettino have mutually agreed to part ways.

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 back to Stamford Bridge any time and we wish him all the very best in his future coaching career.’

Mauricio Pochettino said: ‘Thank you to the Chelsea ownership group and Sporting Directors for the opportunity to be part of this football club’s history. The Club is now well positioned to keep moving forward in the Premier League and Europe in the years to come.’

Jesus Perez, Miguel d’Agostino, Toni Jimenez and Sebastiano Pochettino have left the club with Mauricio.

The Club will be making no further comment until such time as a new Head Coach is appointed.

FAVOURITES TO BECOME NEW CHELSEA MANAGER

Sky Bet – 7pm – 21st May
Robert De Zerbi – 3/1
Ruben Amorim – 4/1
Jose Mourinho – 6/1
Sebastian Hoeness – 6/1
Thomas Tuchel – 6/1
Kieran McKenna – 8/1
Antonio Conte – 16/1
Julian Nagelsmann – 16/1
Michel Sanchez – 16/1
Thiago Motta – 16/1
Xabi Alonso – 16/1

Sky Bet – 9pm – 21st May
Robert De Zerbi – 2/1
Kieran McKenna – 5/2
Ruben Amorim – 5/1
Thomas Tuchel – 5/1
Thomas Frank – 6/1
Jose Mourinho – 12/1
Michel Sanchez – 25/1
Sebastian Hoeness – 25/1

Chelsea are looking for a young and forward-thinking coach with the likes ofSebastian Hoeness from Stuttgart, Girona’s Michel, Kieran McKenna of Ipswich Town (who has also been linked with Brighton), and Leicester’s Enzo Maresca are of interest.

Pochettino reportedly had a dinner meeting with co-controlling owner Todd Boehly last Friday, followed by a number of hours spent with Winstanley and Stewart on Monday and Tuesday, as well as a meeting with Eghbali.

His departure has been as ‘amicable’, but this is alarming as he becomes the third permanent head coach to lose his job under the ownership of Clearlake Capital-Boehly, following Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter.

Bruno Saltor only managed one game for Chelsea last season before Frank Lampard took over as interim coach, meaning they have now had a total of five managers under Chelsea’s current owners in the past two years.

A string of five consecutive wins as the season came to an end saw Poch’s side qualify for Europe while he also guided the team to the Carabao Cup final and the FA Cup semi-final.

 

FAVOURITES TO BECOME NEW CHELSEA MANAGER

Sky Bet – 7pm – 21st May
Robert De Zerbi – 3/1
Ruben Amorim – 4/1

This is how fans reacted with the favourites to become new Chelsea manager revealed as Mauricio Pochettino leaves by mutual consent…

@FieldyBoy10: @todd_boehly @clearlake get out of our club! You’re clueless!and know nothing of football! You can’t even allow poch to have a say, on what players to bring in! He turned our season around by doing what he does best.. coaching some of the most average overpriced players 🤬🤬

@My_sports_rants: What a wreck of a club. They will never succeed if they don’t give managers time to build something. It’s not his fault they didn’t perform better this season; it’s the board’s fault, due to the overhaul of new players and the lack of a striker.

@BOsguthorpe: Maybe, it’s not always the manager..

@crayford_oliver: Where does this make sense. Serious? Last season, they finished 12th and this time 6th and are playing European football. Chelsea is one of the worst run clubs I’ve ever seen. Even their business outside of football is questionable.

@Lea_EFC: Ridiculous decision. He had them playing well at the end of the season. Madness utter madness.

@randycapps: Wow. Very surprising.

@coachhicksy: Wow! Didn’t see that coming. Finished 6th 3 points off spurs, 5 points off villa and both those teams managers have been given huge credit for ‘improving their clubs’ rightly so! Pochettino had a complete overhaul and development of the youngest squad. Done well in the cups too🤪

@cji1981: Chelsea are a joke! Rough start yes, but was getting more consistent performances and some results. Buy 78 players costing £1bn course youre never gonna perform like champions (yes numbers inflated) as no true cohesion yet formed

@Will_ITFC_1878: I really am surprised by this, he was starting to get a tune out of them.

@sammybradford: Absolutely great news! It was starting to click for him there. They’d have done well next year! Back to square one for them!! Mental like! I have to say, and maybe it’s because we had such a good start under Ange. But I am still fond of ol’ Poch!

@jamestarry_1: Just when you thought that club under its new management couldn’t do anything more crazy …… I mean, isn’t that a little bit nuts!!! He was seemingly turning the mess around. Strong finish.

@Eddie2Me: This has to be De Zerbi. You don’t leave a job in the Premier League if you don’t have something lined up. Plus Gallagher is off then

@JudeChels: I can’t believe I’m saying this but what the actual fuck man. These owners are disgraceful, no manager will ever be able to succeed here with this mentality

@billicon87: If it’s not Tuchel and we hire a bum like De Zerbi or Amorim we are in the mud. I’m not Poch’s biggest fan but Christ he started to turn the corner and we were improving. This is a big mistake which will see us back battling for 10th.

@TheReidATL: If you’re a Spurs fan who was worried about the threat next season from a youth-movement Chelsea which had finally hit its stride under Mauricio Pochettino… well, you can breathe easier now. Absolute clown move from Todd Boehly et. al. but I’m not mad about it.

@Pearse91: I tell you what, I was 100% Poch out. But those jokers of sporting directors should have went before Poch. Pair of dossers.

@AnnaLauraWelsh: This has made me sad. I really wanted it to work out for Mauricio #Pochettino at #Chelsea. Good luck to him with whatever comes next. 💙 As for the owners, they should have given him more time. I don’t know what it is they are looking for. Success isn’t instant.

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