Chelsea Hires Mauricio Pochettino as Their New Manager

Mauricio Pochettino in 2019
Mauricio Pochettino in 2019. Photo by Nigel Keene/ProSports/REX/Shutterstock (10230784n)

The Premier League side Chelsea reportedly settled on Mauricio Pochettino as the club’s new manager. According to multiple reports, Pochettino accepted Chelsea’s offer and will take over after the 2022-23 season ends.

Chelsea still hasn’t made the hiring official. The club will wait until Pochettino arrives in London at some point this week to announce the news. The Argentinean is expected to sign a deal until 2026.

Pochettino was out of a job since being fired by Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the 2021-22 campaign. He previously also coached Chelsea’s rivals Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League side Southampton, and La Liga club Espanyol. 

Chelsea started the 2022-23 season with Thomas Tuchel at the helm but replaced the UEFA Champions League-winning manager just two months into the campaign. The club plucked Graham Potter away from Brighton to replace Tuchel, seeing him as a perfect candidate for their long-term project. However, the plan didn’t exactly work out for the Blues.

Potter lasted only seven months on the job, having lost 11 out of his 31 games in charge. Chelsea ended up replacing him with club legend Frank Lampard on an interim basis as they looked for a new manager.

The London club took a different approach this time, casting a wide net and interviewing a number of well-respected candidates. While their shortlist included the likes of Luis Enrique and Julian Nagelsmann, Chelsea’s brass ended up deciding that Pochettino was the man who would bring the glory back to Stamford Bridge. We’ll have to wait until the next season starts in order to find out whether this is the case.

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