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Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino is leaving after one season

Mauricio Pochettino has mutually agreed to part ways with Chelsea after just one season in charge. Despite leading a young Blues side to the Carabao Cup final and FA Cup semi-finals, and ending the Premier League season with five straight wins to secure sixth place and European football, Pochettino's tenure be marked by struggles.

Pochettino, a 52-year-old Argentine, was appointed in May last year, after a lengthy recruitment process. He replaced interim manager Frank Lampard, who had taken over from Graham Potter. During his tenure, Chelsea invested more than £400m in new signings, many of whom were under the age of 25, but also sold almost £250m in players, including senior squad members such as Cesar Azpilicueta , N'Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic.

After a final win against Bournemouth, Pochettino was unsure about his future at Chelsea. However, after discussions on Monday, it was jointly decided that he would step down. The club's sporting directors expressed their gratitude to Pochettino for his service and wished him well in his future coaching career.

Pochettino, who previously won Ligue 1 with Paris Saint-Germain and led Tottenham to the Champions League final in 2019, is now among the potential candidates to lead the World XI at Soccer Aid in early June . The charity match will be held at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge home.

Pochettino's possible replacements at Chelsea include Ipswich's Kieran McKenna, Leicester's Enzo Maresca, Stuttgart's Sebastian Hoeness, Girona's Michel and Brentford boss Thomas Frank. Despite the season's challenges, Pochettino's departure came as a surprise to fans and players, who had begun to see improvements under his leadership.


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