EPL Giants, Chelsea Discards Pochettino, Coach Reacts

EPL Giants, Chelsea Discards Pochettino, Coach Reacts

  • Former Tottenham Hotspur and PSG manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has left Chelsea after just one season in charge
  • A statement released on Tuesday, May 21, by Todd Boehly-owned Chelsea said the decision was a mutual one
  • Following the resolution of the club, Pochettino sent a message to the Chelsea ownership group and sporting directors

Legit.ng journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 9 years of experience covering sports and football worldwide.

London, United Kingdom (UK) - Mauricio Pochettino and English Premier League (EPL) clubside, Chelsea, have parted ways with immediate effect.

Chelsea and Pochettino have already agreed on terms, journalist Matt Law reported on Tuesday evening, May 21.

Mauricio Pochettino leaves Chelsea by mutual consent
Head coach Pochettino departs Stamford Bridge after one season in which he guided the Blues to sixth place in the EPL. Photo credits: Ryan Pierse, Chris Brunskill
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Subsequently, Chelsea confirmed the development via a club statement.

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Directors Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley said:

"On behalf of everyone at Chelsea, we'd like to express our gratitude to Mauricio for his service this season.
"He'll be welcome back to Stamford Bridge any time and we wish him all the very best in his future coaching career”.

Legit.ng reports that along with the fact Pochettino's coaching staff of Jesus Perez, Miguel d’Agostino, Toni Jimenez and Sebastiano Pochettino, have also left the club.

Chelsea: Pochettino reacts

Following the update, Pochettino thanked the club's hierarchy for the opportunity to train the former European champions.

He also stated that he sees the club "moving forward".

The Argentine tactician said as quoted by football expert, Fabrizio Romano, an Italian journalist who specialises in football transfers:

“Thank you to Chelsea ownership group and sporting directors for the opportunity to be part of this football club's history.
“The club is now well positioned to keep moving forward in the Premier League and Europe in the years to come”.

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Chelsea fans speak on Pochettino's departure

Meanwhile, Chelsea fans of Nigerian heritage who spoke to Legit.ng already look forward to the future.

Okunuga Adeyemi said The Blues' decision to discontinue its working relationship with Pochettino "will be good only if the entire Chelsea board also vacate the place and give room for fresh hands."

Not satisfied with the board's resolution, Nelson Jimmy told Legit.ng:

"I sincerely appreciate Pochettino's efforts and contribution to the development of the players and the team. But the Chelsea owner doesn't know what he wants: how on earth can you sack such an awesome coach? I hope they get it right someday."

For Donatus Anichukwueze, the development is "rather unfortunate".

He said:

"Poch's exit is rather unfortunate. He started the season poorly but ended it stronger, and just when we thought he would be given chance to consolidate, we now heard he's quitting.

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"I think he should have been allowed at least one more season but it wasn't to be.
"More frustrating is the names I'm hearing as his replacement - less experienced coaches with lesser profiles than Poch. Only God knows what these Chelsea owners are after.
"Roman Abramovich sacked coaches but not this way. We can only wait and see what happens next."

Agunbiade AbdulGafar was not surprised when the news broke as according to him, it was an "easy" one for the Chelsea owners.

In his analysis, AbdulGafar stated that a recent run of good form should not deter the fans from "a horrendous season" Chelsea had.

He argued that during the recent form, Chelsea leapfrogged Manchester United, West Ham and Newcastle "without playing them during the last 7 games".

AbdulGafar told Legit.ng:

"If those teams were to win their games, Chelsea would still be 10th languishing.
"The owners, I think, have an idea of how they want the club to be: young players and some kind of philosophy which if any coach disagrees on would need to take the leave. We saw that in Thomas Tuchel's sacking during the first few months of their takeover."

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Osimhen reach personal terms with Chelsea

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Super Eagles of Nigeria star, Victor Osimhen, reportedly agreed personal terms with Chelsea.

A journalist, Rudy Galetti, disclosed recently that the London club is looking to secure the Napoli man's signature in the coming transfer window.

Source: Legit.ng

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Ridwan Adeola (Current Affairs Editor) Ridwan Adeola Yusuf is a Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng and a certified journalist with over 9 years of experience. He edited Politics Nigeria's articles, was the Acting Editor of AllNews Nigeria and Fact-Checking Researcher (Africa Check). He received his HND in Mass Communication from The Polytechnic Ibadan. He received a Certificate of Achievement (Journalism Clinic’s Fix The Leak masterclass, 2021) and also completed Google News Initiative's Advance digital reporting curriculum. Contact him at ridwan.adeola@corp.legit.ng.

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