Chelsea are on the brink of appointing Mauricio Pochettino as their new boss, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano. The Argentine has been in talks with the Blues and negotiations are reportedly now entering their final stages. Pochettino has been out of work since being sacked by Tottenham in November 2019, but he will not take charge of Chelsea until the summer, with Frank Lampard expected to remain in place until then.
Pochettino was initially thought to have been behind Julian Nagelsmann in the race to become Chelsea’s next manager, but the former Bayern Munich boss has now dropped out of contention, reportedly due to concerns over the recruitment process. Pochettino’s appointment would likely be unpopular with Spurs fans, given his previous tenure in north London, but it would represent an exciting addition for Chelsea.
While Pochettino has yet to win a major trophy as a manager, he led Spurs to the 2019 Champions League final and had them playing an attractive style of football along the way. His man-management skills could prove key in getting the best out of underperforming Chelsea players and his time away from the game may have re-energised him. Overall, for Chelsea fans, the prospect of acquiring a top manager with a point to prove will be tantalising.