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Pochettino agrees to become Chelsea manager

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Chelsea have agreed a deal to appoint former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino as their next head coach.

The 51-year-old Argentine, who is set to return to the Premier League after being sacked by Chelsea’s London rivals Spurs in November 2019, will take over from caretaker manager Frank Lampard at the end of this season and an announcement is expected later this week.

Pochettino’s trusted backroom staff of Jesus Perez, Toni Jimenez, Miguel D’Agostino and son Sebastiano Pochettino are all set to join him at Stamford Bridge.

Pochettino will permanently succeed Graham Potter, who was dismissed at the start of April after less than seven months in charge.

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Despite spending £600m in the last two transfer windows, Chelsea are in the bottom half of the Premier League and will end the season without a trophy, while they will also not play in European competition next season.

Pochettino has been out of work since being sacked by Paris Saint-Germain last summer after 18 months in charge of the French side, having guided them to the Ligue 1 title in 2022 and the French Cup the year before.

Written by Ibrahim Oladamola

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