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Chelsea news: Mauricio Pochettino unveiled as latest manager after Lampard bids farewell | Football | Sport

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Almost three months after Graham Potter was sacked, Chelsea have finally landed on Pochettino as the best candidate to attempt to take the club forward. A lengthy hunt for the previous Brighton boss’ everlasting successor included links to the likes of Julian Nagelsmann and Luis Enrique.

But Pochettino became the front-runner several weeks ago and he’s now in line to make his return to the Premier League in 2023/24, having been absent from English football since leaving Tottenham 4 years ago.

As a part of an official statement released by Chelsea on Monday, co-owner Todd Boehly said: “The sporting team conducted a diligent and thoughtful process that the Board is happy with. We’re delighted that Mauricio will likely be joining Chelsea. Mauricio is a world-class coach with an impressive track record. We’re all looking forward to having him on board.”

Meanwhile Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley, the Blues’ joint sporting directors, added: “Mauricio’s experience, standards of excellence, leadership qualities and character will serve Chelsea Football Club well as we move forward.

“He’s a winning coach, who has worked at the very best levels, in multiple leagues and languages. His ethos, tactical approach and commitment to development all made him the exceptional candidate.”

Pochettino began his managerial profession with Espanyol in 2009 before bursting onto the Premier League scene withh Southampton 4 years later. Fans will hope that his notorious man-management skills will help to revive unity within the dressing room.

Working with co-transfer chiefs Stewart and Winstanley, Pochettino has quite a few vital matters to take care of over the summer, including the long run of exit-linked star Mason Mount and loaned-out striker Romelu Lukaku.

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