Finally, Chelsea’s firefighter has been decided. As expected. Mauricio Pochettino, the former Tottenham manager, has been talked about recently.
Multiple British media reported on the 14th (Korean time) that ‘Chelsea will officially announce the appointment of Pochettino this week’. Fabricio Romano, who has high public confidence, also confirmed Pochettino’s move to Chelsea on his SNS on the same day with ‘HERE WE GO’, which literally means official. Romano said: ‘Chelsea have completed the necessary work to appoint Pochettino as manager. All agreements have been reached and Pochettino will lead Chelsea next season.” “Negotiations have been ongoing since April. Manager Pochettino has accepted the offer and the deal will be finalized,’ he said. He added that ‘Pochettino will organize the coaching staff with his division and will discuss the transfer decision with the club soon’.
Chelsea have had their worst season this season. The beginning was ambitious. Chelsea’s owner, Roman Abramovich, who has been besieged by the Russian invasion, has sold the team. New owner Todd Boelli, who opened the era of success for the Los Angeles Dodgers, came in. Boelli’s owner spent a huge amount of money on recruiting players. In the summer transfer window, Raheem Sterling, Wesley Popana, Kalidou Koulibaly, Marc Cucurella and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang spent close to 300 million euros. Boelli’s owner was criticized for playing the famous soccer game ‘Football Manager’ in real life.
Recruitment continued through the winter. In addition to the hijacking of Mikhailo Mudrik, who was likely to go to Arsenal, for 100 million euros, Benoit Badiacil, David Popana, Andriy Santos, and Marlo Gusto were added. It didn’t end here. On the last day of the transfer window, Enzo Fernandez was signed for 121 million euros, the highest price in English Premier League history. He poured 600 million euros in just one season.
But the report card is the bottom. Not to mention winning, they failed to qualify for the European Champions League. The Europa League has gone too far. After the sacking of manager Thomas Tuchel, they ambitiously brought in manager Graham Porter, but it also failed. He gave the role of emergency firefighter to Frank Lampard, but he was also not far from the worst. Chelsea set out to find a manager to lead the revival next season. Julian Nagelsmann, Jose Mourinho, and Luis Enrique were mentioned.
The choice was manager Pochettino. Manager Pochettino has had his ups and downs lately. Pochettino, who showed potential at Southampton, took over at Tottenham in 2014 and led the team’s heyday. Son Heung-min, Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christian 바카라사이트Eriksen, and the so-called “DESK line” took the lead and even won the European Champions League runner-up in the 2018-2019 season. Pochettino left the team in 2019 due to poor performance. Tottenham have continued to bring in great managers since then, but none have made as much of an impact as Pochettino.
With the leadership he showed at the time, manager Pochettino was mentioned whenever the EPL manager position became vacant. He made his name without falling into Manchester United or Tottenham. Pochettino had a short stint as manager at Paris Saint-Germain. He won the league championship, but he did not show up as expected due to feuds with star players. He had a big failure to qualify for the European Champions League. Coach Pochettino dreams of returning to the familiar English stage.
Owner Boelli is predicting active investment as new manager Pochettino is coming. According to the Daily Mail, manager Pochettino wants reinforcements from all directions. He is known to want Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez up front. Initially, Napoli’s Victor Osimen was influential, but it is not easy to recruit due to the too high ransom. West Ham’s Declan Rice is number one in the waistline. Rice is regarded as England’s best midfielder. He is also from Chelsea youth. West Ham are seeking more than £100m for Rice’s transfer. If Rice cannot be recruited, he plans to bring in Brighton’s Alexis McAllister, who works with Enzo in the Argentina national team.
Not only that, but they also want to reinforce the goalkeeper. Aston Villa’s Emiliano Martinez is a candidate. Interestingly, there are no Tottenham rumors that Pochettino knows better than anyone. Heung-Min Son and Kane are likely to be recruited, but their names are not visible, perhaps because of their high ransom and age.