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Mauricio Pochettino Reaches Verbal Agreement With Chelsea: Can He Make An Impact?

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It appears as though Mauricio Pochettino will take over as Chelsea’s head coach. After Luis Enrique and Julian Nagelsmann withdrew from consideration last week, the Argentine has emerged as the front-runner, and the former Tottenham manager is now anticipated to take over as the new man in charge.

The hiring would be a forerunner for the next season, even though Frank Lampard will likely continue to serve as interim manager till next season. It will be Pochettino’s first position in almost a year since leaving Paris Saint-Germain.

Mauricio Pochettino’s Managing Career So Far

Pochettino began his coaching career at Espanyol in 2009. Despite the club’s limited resources, Pochettino kept them competitive in La Liga and guided them to the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals in the 2010/11 season. In 2013, Pochettino was appointed as the manager of Southampton; he led them to an impressive eighth-place finish in his first season and was subsequently named the Premier League Manager of the Month for January 2014.

Paris Saint-Germain’s Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino (C) speaks with Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian sporting director Leonardo (L) during a training session at the Camp des Loges Paris Saint-Germain football club’s training ground in Saint-Germain-en-Laye on May 7, 2022. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Pochettino’s success at Southampton caught the attention of Tottenham Hotspur, who appointed him as their new manager in May 2014. During his five-and-a-half-year spell at Tottenham, Pochettino transformed the club into one of the Premier League’s most exciting and dynamic teams. He led Spurs to four consecutive top-four finishes and guided them to the UEFA Champions League final in 2019, where they lost to Liverpool.

How Can He Make An Impact At Chelsea?

He is a strong prospect because of all of these characteristics for the high-pressure setting that Stamford Bridge provides for its executives. Pochettino will have little room to manoeuvre at first, mainly because he is the boss of the old foe, but that might not matter.

When he joined Spurs, there was no guarantee of his success as a manager, despite being considered the best in the modern era despite not winning any trophies. The team lacked Gareth Bale and had made several transfer errors, which he needed to rectify while also establishing a new identity and culture that was previously absent – a situation that may sound familiar.

Being a coach with a track record of nurturing players and extracting their full potential makes him an attractive choice for the Blues, who are more focused on selling than purchasing players in the upcoming transfer window. However, Chelsea already has a talented squad that can provide immediate assistance.

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