Former Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino has been unemployed since the capital club sacked him last summer. However, it seems he’s ready to jump back into coaching.
Sky Sports reported on Thursday that Chelsea is in initial discussions with Pochettino to possibly take over the managerial position after the London-based club sacked Graham Potter at the beginning of April.
BREAKING | Chelsea have held initial talks with Mauricio Pochettino over the manager position at Stamford Bridge. 🔵 pic.twitter.com/vn5xNOJlMl
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) April 20, 2023
Under Potter, Chelsea, who had been expected to challenge for the Premier League title after spending a significant amount of money on new players since last June, had dropped into the bottom half of the table and dropped well out of the race to qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League.
The Blues have held “initial talks” with Pochettino and say that he is one of five candidates – thought to include ex-Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann but not former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique – the club are looking at to fill the position.
— MK (@CFCMamo) April 19, 2023
Pochettino has experience in the Premier League, having managed Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur before arriving at PSG, where he spent a season and a half leading the French giants.
If Chelsea is spending large sums to win trophies, that’s something that the Argentine manager lacks and has been a criticism of his, so it will be interesting to see if he has better luck at Chelsea than he did at PSG.