Mauricio Pochettino has signed a contract to become Chelsea’s new manager for the 2023-24 campaign.
The Blues went through three managers this season, starting with the dismissal of Champions League winner Thomas Tuchel in September 2022. Graham Potter then had a short tenure of just 31 games as the head coach, and Frank Lampard returned to Stamford Bridge as the interim boss.
The Telegraph reports several candidates were Chelsea’s options to take the top position in the Premier League since then. But Pochettino has reportedly agreed to assume the role. The former head coach of Southampton and Tottenham was out of a job since his departure from Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the 2021-22 season
Pochettino brings a wealth of experience in the English top flight. Having previously managed in the league and leading Spurs to the Champions League final in 2019. However, he will be taking charge of a Chelsea squad that has significantly underperformed this season. Despite significant investments of approximately £600 million ($741m) in the last two transfer windows, the team will finish in the bottom half of the table.
Lampard’s final game in charge of Chelsea will be against Newcastle on Sunday, with Argentine tactician Pochettino then set to pick up the managerial baton heading towards the summer transfer window and another rebuilding project.