Chelsea agree Mauricio Pochettino to become new head coach

Chelsea have agreed terms with Mauricio Pochettino to become their new head coach.

Details of the deal are expected to be finalized in the coming days. Pochettino will begin his new role this summer, with Jesus Perez, Miguel D’Agostino, Toni Jimenez and his son Sebastiano Pochettino joining him at Stamford Bridge as a backstage team. Club coaches will also join its staff.

Pochettino will work with Chelsea sporting directors and Frank Lampard, who is the interim head coach, before the end of the season.

The Argentine has been out of football since leaving Paris Saint-Germain in July last year.

Chelsea have been in the hunt for a new permanent head coach since Graham Potter was sacked last month, with former boss Lampard temporarily in charge for the remainder of the season.

Pochettino rose to prominence at Espanyol and Southampton ahead of a hugely successful spell with Chelsea’s London rivals Tottenham.

He helped Spurs to a top four finish in four consecutive seasons and led them to a first Champions League final in 2019.

He was sacked the following season before taking on the role of PSG head coach in January 2021.

He won the Coupe de France in May 2021 before claiming the Ligue 1 title the following season.

Chelsea have endured an extremely difficult season with Potter and Thomas Tuchel paying the price with their hard work.

Lampard was placed in caretaker charge in April and, after a six-game losing streak, picked up his first win with a 3-1 victory over Bournemouth in May.

They drew with Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

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