It’s been nearly 12 months since Paris Saint-Germain sacked Mauricio Pochettino and now the Argentine manager is ready to get back into coaching with a return to the Premier League.
The Athletic’s David Ornstein reported on Monday that the 51-year-old is “ready to take the position” at Chelsea after Frank Lampard wraps up the final four fixtures of the 2022-23 Premier League season.
Furthermore, Ornstein writes that Chelsea has been searching for a full-time replacement for Graham Potter since he departed Chelsea on April 3 – and the expectation is that the London-based club will complete its search this week.
Pochettino won the Ligue 1 title during the 2021-22 season, his only full campaign at PSG, having previously led Tottenham Hotspur to the 2019 UEFA Champions League final after spending five years with the north London side.
The main criticism that Pochettino will need to overcome if Chelsea does hire him will be his inability to win big matches and trophies. At PSG, he failed to get the capital club back to the Champions League final, losing to Manchester City in the semifinals and Real Madrid in the Round of 16.
After spending a lot of money on transfers, Chelsea expects Pochettino to be the right coach to get the most out of their players; if not, it might be a short stint considering the club isn’t afraid to pull the plug quickly.