In a statement released on Monday, Chelsea have announced that Mauricio Pochettino will become their head coach at the start of July. The Argentine has signed a two-year contract at Stamford Bridge, though the club have the option to extend his stay for an additional year.
It brings an end to the club’s lengthy search for a permanent manager, with Frank Lampard having returned for an unsuccessful second stint since the sacking of Graham Potter. Pochettino previously took charge of Tottenham Hotspur, guiding them to the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League in 2018/19 – and the Lilywhites have suffered a tremendous downfall since his departure.
More recently, Pochettino was appointed as PSG’s head coach. In the French capital, he guided les Parisians to a Ligue 1 title, in addition to Coupe de France and Trophée des Champions honours.
In a press release issued on Monday, Chelsea’s sporting directors said that Pochettino ‘is a winning coach who has worked at the highest levels, in multiple leagues and languages. His ethos, tactical approach and commitment to development all made him the exceptional candidate.‘