Mauricio Pochettino leaves Chelsea by mutual consent

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Chelsea, looks on prior to the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Chelsea FC at American Express Community Stadium on May 15, 2024 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Mauricio Pochettino has left his position as Chelsea head coach by mutual consent after less than 11 months in charge.

Chelsea’s decision to part ways with the 52-year-old Argentine comes following the conclusion of an internal review into the club’s 2023-24 season performance led by by co-sporting directors Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart.

Chelsea beat Bournemouth 2-1 on the final day of the season in what proved to be Pochettino’s final game in charge to secure a sixth-placed finish in the Premier League and ensure that European football will return to Stamford Bridge for the 2024-25 campaign.

Pochettino became Chelsea’s sixth permanent manager in five years following the sacking of Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter last season, which led to Frank Lampard taking charge on a temporary basis.

Chelsea spent over £400million ($507m) ahead of Pochettino’s debut season in charge in a summer of squad overhaul.

The west London club were beaten in the final of the Carabao Cup by Liverpooland exited the FA Cup at the semi-final stage to Manchester City.

Pochettino began his managerial career at Espanyol — where he spent nine years as a player in two separate spells.

He spent 16 months as head coach of Southampton in his first Premier League job before taking over at Tottenham Hotspur, leading the club to the final of the Champions League in 2019, his last full season in charge. He was sacked by Spurs after a disappointing start to the 2019-20 season.

Following his time at Tottenham, Pochettino took a break from management before succeeding Tuchel at Paris Saint-Germain in January 2021.

The French club finished second in Ligue 1 at the end of the 2020-21 season but won the Coupe de France and the Trophee des Champions, while Pochettino guided PSG to the Ligue 1 title in 2021-22.

However, Pochettino was unable to secure success on the European stage with PSG, whom he left in June 2022.

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