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Mauricio Pochettino closes in on managerial vacancy at Chelsea

The former Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham Hotspur boss would make a sensational return to a different part of London as the Blues are said to have entered the final phase of talks with the Argentine tactician

There is a light at the end of a Stamford Bridge-sized tunnel for struggling Premier League giants Chelsea after reports have emerged detailing the Blues edging closer to naming their next manager; Mauricio Pochettino.

According to The Telegraph’s Matt Law, the former Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham tactician have entered the final stage of negotiations with the Blues in the wake of the club parting ways with Graham Potter and turning to iconic former midfielder Frank Lampard in an interim capacity.

Joining the 51-year-old in the technical area at the Bridge would be his four-man ‘brain trust’ consisting of Jesus Perez (assistant manager and head of conditioning), Miguel D’Agostino (first-team coach), Toni Jimenez (goalkeeping coach), and his son Sebastiano (sports science). Such additions would usher in a clean break from the former regime under Potter, and the departure of Bruno Saltor, Björn Hamberg, and Ben Roberts.

Pochettino is expected to take the job after Law’s report mentions the Argentine has been left impressed by the club’s project after sit-down discussions with co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali, who are now directly involved in the final phase of talks after co-sporting directors Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart laid the groundwork in canvassing operations to narrow down the club’s choices.

The former Argentine international would certainly have his work cut out for him upon taking up the task at hand in the English capital, however, with Chelsea expected to jettison up to ten members of the senior squad to fall in line with FFP regulations, but at the very least, could bank on a core of young talent that he could hopefully instill his footballing philosophies on while offering stability in what has been a poisoned chalice this season.

Stay tuned for further updates as this is a developing story.

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Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.

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