Chelsea part ways with Mauricio Pochettino

CHELSEA Football Club have parted ways with manager Mauricio Pochettino, bringing an abrupt end to his 12-month tenure, the club have confirmed.

The Argentine agreed mutually that following an end-of-season review this morning with Chelsea co-owner Behad Eghbali and sporting directors Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart, to draw an end to what has been an underwhelming season for the Blues.

Pochettino, 52, was appointed Blues boss towards the end of May 2023, assuming the duties of caretaker Frank Lampard on a two-year contract, with the option of a further year.

Once Pochettino took over from Lampard, the club went rampant in the transfer market, splashing out £350m on the likes of Moises Caicedo, Cole Palmer, Romeo Lavia, and Christopher Nkunku.

The West London outfit have suffered a rather disappointing season — with an extra-time EFL Cup final defeat to Liverpool and an FA Cup semi-final exit to holders Manchester City — despite securing a place in the Europa Conference League with a 2-1 win against Bournemouth on the last day of the season.

“On behalf of everyone at Chelsea, we would like to express our gratitude to Mauricio for his service this season.

He will be welcome back to Stamford Bridge any time and we wish him all the very best in his future coaching career.”