Chelsea’s managerial search has entered a new stage, with former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino in the race
According to Fabrizio Romano, Chelsea has held talks with Mauricio Pochettino, and conversations are expected to continue. Additionally, Romano states that Pochettino looks to be the favourite. This news comes after both Julian Nagelsmann and Luis Enrique have dropped off the picture for Chelsea. The process of searching for a new manager is expected to take additional time as the club wants to be certain they make the right hire.
Mauricio Pochettino has been out of a job since he was let go by Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2022.
There is a lot of animosity from Chelsea fans over the potential hire of Mauricio Pochettino as the next Stamford Bridge manager.
Some of that will come from Pochettino not being as highly regarded as Enrique or Nagelsmann. Of course, the other part is that he was formerly Tottenham’s manager. 293 games managed for Chelsea’s North London rivals, including a run to the Champions League final in 2019.
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Pochettino first plied his managerial trade in Europe with Spanish side Espanyol, who had been with as a player. Pochettino first came into the international spotlight when he took over the reins at Premier League side Southampton FC. After just one full season with the club, where he managed the team to 8th place, he moved to Tottenham Hotspur.
Despite spending a significant amount of money under Todd Boehly, Chelsea have fallen in the bottom half in the Premier League. Chelsea has not finished in the bottom half of the table since 1996. In fact, in over 20 years the club has only finished worse than 6th once, which was in the 15-16 season when they finished 10th under Jose Mourinho and then interim Guus Hiddink.
Evidently the Blues need to ensure that in the midst of their rebuild, they get the appointment for their next manager right. Given they are still in the process of making a discussion, it will be interesting to see how far Pochettino and talks with Chelsea will go.
Should Chelsea be targeting Mauricio Pochettino for the vacant (permanent) manager position?