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Official: Chelsea appoint Pochettino as new manager

CHELSEA have confirmed the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino as their manager after months of speculation linking the Argentinian with the job.

The former Tottenham Hotspur and Paris Saint-Germain manager will take over from Frank Lampard, who was in charge at Stamford Bridge for the last few weeks of this season.

“Chelsea Football Club is pleased to confirm Mauricio Pochettino will become head coach of the men’s team from the beginning of the 2023/24 season,” the club announced on their official website today.

“The Argentine will begin his new role on 1 July 2023 on a two-year contract, with a club option of a further year.”

Chelsea co-owners Todd Boehly, Behdad Eghbali, José E. Feliciano, Mark Walter and Hansjörg Wyss expressed their pleasure at Pochettino’s appointment in a joint statement.

“The sporting team conducted a diligent and thoughtful process that the Board is proud of,” they said.

“We are delighted that Mauricio will be joining Chelsea. Mauricio is a world-class coach with an outstanding track record. We are all looking forward to having him on board.”

The Chelsea website described Pochettino as “a coach renowned for his sides’ high-energy and eye-catching style and he has built a reputation for helping young players realise their full potential within a strong squad ethos”.

The 51-year-old former Argentina defender has several seasons of Premier League experience, having managed Southampton before handling Tottenham Hotspur for five years, during which he made them qualify regularly for the UEFA Champions League.

He also worked in Spain with Espanyol and his most recent job was with PSG, whom he guided to a Ligue 1 title and the Coupe de France.

Pochettino’s staff will include Jesus Perez, Miguel d’Agostino, Toni Jimenez and his son Sebastiano Pochettino.

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