Chelsea are closing in on Mauricio Pochettino as the two parties remain engaged in advanced talks over the vacant managerial position.
According to Football Insider, Mauricio Pochettino inches closer to becoming Chelsea’s new manager. The 51-year-old South American manager has climbed up the shortlist of the Blues managerial targets, as the two parties remain engaged in advanced talks to seal the appointment.
Mauricio Pochettino remains one of the top names on the list of London sides. Chelsea and Tottenham are simultaneously looking for a new manager and are interested in several common candidates. One is the 51-year-old South American manager, who has been out of a job since leaving PSG last summer.
Chelsea have been searching for a new manager since sacking Graham Potter. While they are taking due time in appointing the right man, several high-profile names have thus far featured on their shortlist. Many of them, including Luis Enrique and Julian Nagelsmann, have dropped out.
The striking off of those names has allowed Pochettino to climb up the shortlist, although he still faces competition. Vincent Kompany also remains a target, but looking at the 51-year-old South American manager’s overall experience, he could emerge as the favourite.
Chelsea and Pochettino remain engaged in advanced talks, which could ultimately end up with the Blues appointing the Argentine boss. However, they could face a late challenge from Tottenham, who are also keen on him, having sacked stand-in boss Cristian Stelleni a few hours ago following that dismal result against Newcastle United.
Spurs could make a serious attempt to lure Pochettino back to the club. However, with the leap Chelsea have taken for the 51-year-old South American manager, they might emerge as the favourite to land the Argentine. However, until the contracts are signed, nothing can go to plan in football.
As for Chelsea, they are also keeping their options open despite the withdrawal of several high-profile names. Agne Postecoglou, Kompany and Ruben Amorim all form part of their list. They hope to seal the Pochettino agreement, but it will take time before naming their preferred man in the coming weeks.
Pochettino hopes to revive Chelsea’s fortunes from next season and use the many new players to build a solid foundation. Frank Lampard remains in charge of the Blues until the season ends and will hope to secure his first victory since returning to the hot seat when they face Brentford on Wednesday.
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