Argentine Pochettino new coach of Chelsea
Argentine Mauricio Pochettino, former coach of Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain, reached an agreement with Chelsea to take over the coaching of the team next season, according to English media today. The BBC reported that Pochettino "will join the club this summer, with Frank Lampard remaining interim coach until the end of the season." The 51-year-old Argentine has yet to officially sign the contract with the London club, but the formalization of the agreement must take place in the coming days, according to other media outlets such as The Athletic to return to the Premier League four years after his dismissal at Tottenham.
Chelsea are going through a disastrous season, the first under the guidance of the new owners, and are currently eleventh in the league with only 43 points from 35 games with three games to go.
American businessman Todd Boyley and Clearlake invested more than 600 million euros in the transfer market last summer and early this year, but these investments, which mainly involved young and promising players, have not paid off. Pouilly also decided to sack German Thomas Tuchel after just seven games this season, when the club were in sixth place, and appointed Graham Potter from Brighton, a coach who was also considered promising but without experience at a club of Chelsea's stature. Potter was hired for a long-term venture, but was fired in early April and brought in club legend Lampard for a second time.
Pochettino will be Chelsea's sixth permanent manager in five years. He has not overseen any team since leaving Paris Saint-Germain last summer.
With Tottenham, Chelsea's London rivals, he has done well in his time with Spurs. Tottenham finished in the top four of their five seasons with the Argentine, compared to just two in the 24 seasons before his arrival. He also led the team to the 2019 Champions League final when they lost to Liverpool.