Chelsea, supposedly thorough and meticulous search for a new head coach may not appear as exhaustive now that they have ultimately settled on Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentine, aged 51, has signed a two-year contract with the option of a third and will commence his duties on July 1, as initially reported by Telegraph Sport.
In all honesty, Pochettino fits the bill perfectly for the job at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea requires a head coach who can construct and nurture, develop young players, boasts experience with top clubs and in the Premier League, has a winning record, excels in managing upwards, possesses a drive to prove himself, leads a top-class staff, and has dealt with the challenges of managing during a stadium rebuild.
Now that they have secured the desired head coach, Chelsea FC’s co-controlling owners, Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali, should step back and allow Mauricio Pochettino, along with his staff and the club’s sporting team, led by co-sporting directors Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart, to execute things in their own way.
Chelsea Hopes, Mauricio Pochettino for Success
Chelsea could have appointed Pochettino back in September, but they chose Graham Potter instead. However, the timing now seems more favourable for all parties involved. The 51-year-old has had a proper break since his departure from Paris Saint-Germain, enabling him to negotiate his return to coaching from a stronger position. Chelsea hopes to receive a revitalized Pochettino, free from the PSG remnants, determined to succeed and with a clear vision for his work. Meanwhile, Pochettino hopes the owners have learned from their past mistakes and won’t repeat them.
Pochettino will have a preseason, a crucial period for his preparations, to work with the players and improve their fitness and mindset. Additionally, the club will have time to address the issue of the oversized squad, which has been a challenge for both Potter and caretaker manager Frank Lampard.