Mauricio Pochettino leaves Chelsea after just 11 months in charge

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Mauricio Pochettino leaves Chelsea after just 11 months in charge, Less than a year into his job at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino resigned, and he will be eligible for payment when his time there ends.

After two seasons and three permanent managers for Clearlake Capital and Todd Boehly, Mauricio Pochettino’s tenure as Chelsea manager has ended.

The Telegraph claims that the former Spurs manager is entitled to a “significant” payout because Pochettino left Stamford Bridge before the end of his two-year contract. The 52-year-old was named Blues’ head coach in May 2023, but because of a deal with Paris Saint-Germain, he could not start coaching the team until July.

It was reported that Pochettino would be entitled to a package worth more than £10 million when he still had 18 months left on his contract. Any rewards this season may also pressure Chelsea’s earnings and long-term performance.

Fortunately, the parties involved in this managerial change, including Pochettino, have come to a mutual agreement. This means that despite the significant financial implications, the situation is perhaps more amicable than if Pochettino had been terminated. As part of this agreement, Sebastiano Pochettino, Miguel d’Agostino, Toni Jimenez, and Jesus Perez, who may have been involved in a compensation deal, have also left the Blues.

Once Thomas Tuchel was fired, Chelsea’s owners already had to pay £10 million, and once Graham Potter was fired in April 2023, they owed £13 million. Along with their departure from the Club, both coaches’ staff members also left, but Bruno Saltor stayed on for several months after Potter was fired.

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Sporting Directors Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley made the following statement after Pochettino’s resignation was announced: “We would like to thank Mauricio for his service this season on behalf of everyone at Chelsea.” We wish him the best of luck with his future coaching endeavors and will always welcome him back to Stamford Bridge.”

Mauricio Pochettino, in response, expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to be part of Chelsea’s history: ‘I am deeply grateful to the Chelsea ownership group and Sporting Directors for allowing me to contribute to this esteemed football club’s legacy.’ The Club is currently poised for a promising future, with strong potential for growth in both the Premier League and Europe in the coming years. 

After leading Tottenham to the Champions League final in 2019, Mauricio Pochettino won five straight league games to complete his Chelsea tenure and secure a spot in the Europa Conference League for the following year. Chelsea also advanced to the FA Cup semi-finals, where they were defeated 1-0 by Manchester City, and the Carabao Cup final, where they were defeated 1-0 by Liverpool.

Mauricio Pochettino leaves Chelsea after just 11 months in charge
Mauricio Pochettino leaves Chelsea after just 11 months in charge (image credit: Getty image)

Following Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on the final day, Pochettino stated he was still determining if the club’s ownership intended to keep him on. He disclosed that he had dinner with Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly and his Clearlake Capital group on Friday. He also restated that Winstanley and Stuart, the club’s sports directors, will make choices about new and existing player acquisitions this summer. 

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In the 2022–2023 season, Chelsea spent a total of £747 million on new players, with Pochettino spending over £400 million on players such as Cole Palmer, Moises Caicedo, and Nicolas Jackson.

Credit: Mirror