Former PSG and Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is closing in on becoming Chelsea’s new manager.
Reports reaching us from Fabrizio Romano confirms Mauricio Pochettino is more likely to emerge as Chelsea new manager at the end of the season.
The 51-year-old former Tottenham gaffer is edging close to agreeing a deal with Chelsea hierachy to return to London as manager.
He will take over from interim manager Frank Lampard at the end of the season when both parties are able to finalize all terms of the agreement.
As per Fabrizio Romano, Chelsea are yet to finalize the details of the agreement but there is an air of optimism that a deal will be brokered sooner as talks and negotiations are in the final stages.
The report adds Mauricio Pochettino and Chelsea are not in for any short term deal. Both parties are interested and have reached a consensus for a long-term deal just as was agreed with his predecessor Graham Potter.
Other critical terms of engagement such as the club’s transfer plan, relationship with the board have been discussed and it has reportedly ended positively.
Mauricio Pochettino has inform members of his backroom staff to get ready as he is set to land the Chelsea job sooner than later.
Chelsea shortlisted a list of high-profile managers to succeed Graham Potter after parting ways with the latter early in April.
Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Luis Enrique, Julian Nagelsmann, and Mauricio Pochettino were all linked to the job including Burnley manager and former Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany.
However, it was confirmed Chelsea contacted only few of the prospective new managers for the job.
The club met face-to-face with former Spain coach and Spanish football veteran Luis Enrique but talks broke down after they opted for Frank Lampard to take charge on interim basis.
Luis Enrique wanted to take over the reins immediately and was ready for the challenge but Chelsea opted for an interim hand to buy time and assess other prospects for the job – a move that left Luis Enrique disappointed.
Also, former Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann was also primed for the job. Chelsea met with Nagelsmann. Subsequently, the German tactician fell out with Chelsea’s dragging round of talks and decided to drop out of the race to become the Blues’ new manager.
Julian Nagelsmann’s reaction after dropping out of the race to become Chelsea manager seems to convey the 35-year-old’s interest in a greener pasture elsewhere apart from the Chelsea job.
After both Enrique and Nagelsmann fell out of the picture, Mauricio Pochettino has remained the last man standing for the Chelsea job and may likely be appointed as the Blues new manager sooner.
The Argentina-born tactician is not new at the dugout but is not the most experienced. Poch has managed two of the biggest clubs in Europe Tottenham Hotspur and PSG.
He was sacked at Tottenham in 2019 after he managed just 14 points from 12 games in the 2019/20 Premier League season, leaving the team 14th on the table.
From Spurs, he took up the PSG job in 2021. Despite winning the French Ligue 1 title with PSG, he was sacked on June 2022 after the quarterfinal Champions League defeat to Real Madrid.
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