Pochettino Departs Chelsea After Short-Lived Stint, Club Considers Replacements

Chelsea Football Club announced on Tuesday that Mauricio Pochettino has left his position as manager by mutual consent. The Argentine manager’s exit comes after a single, somewhat turbulent season at Stamford Bridge.

A Season of Ups and Downs

Pochettino arrived at Chelsea in the summer of 2023 tasked with reviving a club that had fallen short of expectations under previous managers Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter. While he managed to guide the Blues to a sixth-place finish and secure European qualification, missing out on Champions League football was seen as a disappointment for a club of Chelsea’s stature.

While it may seem like an odd choice to let go of Pochettino, it seems that there may have been some disagreements on players with sales and being brought in this summer. Pochettino may have had wanted more say in certain players such as Conor Gallagher and Trevor Chalobah where as the board probably saw them as great ways to make a larger profit this summer to bring in new players.

Whether that is the case or not, Chelsea will now be looking to bring in someone new to bring silverware back to this club. It has now been two seasons since Chelsea have been able to claim any silverware which could continue depending on their new manager.

Who’s Next for the Blues?

With Pochettino’s departure, Chelsea finds itself searching for a new leader. Several names are already being floated as potential replacements.

  • Zinedine Zidane: The legendary French midfielder is a free agent after leaving Real Madrid in 2022. His experience and trophy-winning pedigree make him a tempting option, but his hefty salary demands could be a hurdle. The only problem with ZZ is that he speaks very little English and could be holding out for the French National Team.
  • Kieren McKenna: The current Ipswich boss has a proven track record of developing young talent and playing attractive football. However, his lack of experience with managing clubs competing for the Champions League could be a concern. He has seen the side get promoted back to back seasons which could give hope to the club, but hasn’t had much time in the Premier League which could be a big problem.
  • Luis Enrique: The former Spain national team manager is another high-profile name available. His success at international level and focus on attacking football would be a welcome change for Chelsea fans, but questions remain about his ability to adapt to club management.
  • Xavi: With the latest news of being sacked by Barcelona it could be a move for him to come to the Premier League. He does play the type of football that the board is looking to see at the club. Though again, this may be a hard choice since he hasn’t had any experience in the Premier League.

The Road Ahead

The coming weeks will be crucial for Chelsea as they decide on Pochettino’s successor. The new manager will need to hit the ground running, as the club looks to return to challenging for the Premier League title and Champions League glory.