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Forget Tottenham & PSG sacking – Mauricio Pochettino is the ideal man to kickstart Chelsea’s new era

 

The Argentine is set to do the unthinkable by taking over at Stamford Bridge, but it’s a move that makes sense, despite his Spurs love affair

As their exhaustive and exhausting search for a permanent manager draws to its conclusion, Chelsea’s co-sporting directors Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart have found their man: Mauricio Pochettino.

It was unthinkable that the cherished former Tottenham boss would ever take charge of another Premier League club, let alone one of Spurs’ greatest rivals, but the concept of Pochettino taking his seat in the Stamford Bridge dugout is something that Chelsea and Spurs fans alike will have to get used to, with the Argentine having agreed terms on a long-term deal on Saturday, according to multiple reports. He will take over at the start of summer.

It will be a divisive appointment in some quarters, given his seemingly unbreakable bond with the Tottenham fanbase (however one-sided that relationship has become), but he is the ideal candidate to guide Chelsea out of the mess they currently find themselves in and on to better things.

 

The perfect project

Things were supposed to be wildly different at the end of Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali’s first full season as Chelsea owners, especially after two transfer windows of lavish spending.

But instead of fighting for silverware, the Blues find themselves out of each cup competition and desperately staving off a descent into the mire of lower mid-table, more than 30 points off the pace set by Premier League leaders Manchester City and second-placed Arsenal.

Similarly, but perhaps not as drastically, Pochettino’s stock has dipped since his unceremonious dismissal at Paris Saint-Germain a year ago, but he is still regarded as one of the best in the business and will be keen to prove that at Stamford Bridge – much like another PSG cast-off, Thomas Tuchel, before him.

As a result, Pochettino’s arrival cannot be viewed as a top manager joining a top club, but rather a coach with a point to prove joining a team that is in desperate need of galvanising.

Chelsea could well be the perfect fit; Pochettino’s reputation is built upon improving struggling teams and helping them to reach their full potential; he guided Southampton to what was their highest-ever Premier League finish in 2013-14, before famously taking a Tottenham side that had been incapable of qualifying for the Champions League to the final of the 2019 edition.

That incremental improvement at both clubs has been underpinned by an exciting, front-footed brand of football, and Boehly and Eghbali will be desperate for Pochettino to implement those ideas with an expensively assembled squad bursting with unfulfilled attacking talent.

Chelsea and Pochettino are wounded animals, and together they could become something very dangerous.

Source: Goal.com

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