Pochettino reaches verbal agreement to become next Chelsea manager

Mauricio Pochettino has reportedly reached a verbal agreement to become the next Chelsea manager – and the deal could be done within days.

Sportsmail revealed the former Tot­tenham boss held further talks with the Stamford Bridge hierarchy on Tuesday as he nears a Premier League return.

Now, talkSPORT report Pochettino’s appointment has moved a step closer with Chelsea hoping to have a deal wrapped up by the end of the week.

The 51-year-old Argentine has been out of managerial work since being sacked by Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last season.

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It is expected Chelsea club legend, Frank Lampard, will remain in his role as interim manager until the end of the current cam­paign with Pochettino starting work over the summer.

Previous conversations between Po­chettino and the Chelsea executives were described as ‘incredibly positive’ after he became front-runner for the job when Julian Nagelsmann backed out.

Starting in the summer would allow Pochettino, who guided Tottenham to the Champions League final in 2019, a fresh start ahead of the new campaign.

He would be afforded a full pre-sea­son to implement his methods and trim Chelsea’s bloated squad, as well as getting to know the squad before taking charge of a game.


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