Chelsea are reportedly interested in bringing in Mauricio Pochettino to take over from Graham Potter as manager, which would be a controversial move sure to anger Tottenham’s fans.
According to a report from The Sun, Chelsea’s chairman Todd Boehly is keen to appoint Mauricio Pochettino as the next manager at Stamford Bridge, despite his previous affiliation with London rivals Tottenham.
The report also states that Pochettino would be open to the idea of taking over at Chelsea.
Pochettino reportedly still owns a home in London, despite leaving the city in 2019 after being fired as manager of the Lilywhites, just months after leading them to their first-ever Champions League final.
The report claims that Chelsea’s new owners are contemplating ending their relationship with Graham Potter as their coach just four months into his tenure, due to the team’s poor performance in the league with only four wins since his appointment.
Despite the challenges of managing an injury-riddled squad, Chelsea’s management has given Graham Potter time to produce improved results. However, pressure is mounting for him to deliver significant improvement in the short-term.
This was evident during the recent FA Cup third-round match against Manchester City where some away fans were heard calling out for the return of his predecessor, Thomas Tuchel.
Meanwhile, former Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has been away from the game since his departure from Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the previous season.
The 50-year-old coach won three trophies while leading the French team and took them to the semi-finals of the Champions League.
A move to Chelsea would mark Pochettino’s third stint in the English Premier League, after previously managing at Tottenham and Southampton.
And if the Argentine is to move to Chelsea, Spurs fans will not be particularly happy with him given his strong connection with the club and the fans.
During his tenure at Tottenham, Mauricio Pochettino led the team to a Champions League final, a League cup final and four consecutive top-four finishes in the Premier League.
He instilled a strong team ethic and played an attractive, high-pressing style of football which endeared him to the club’s fans and many neutrals. His time with the team is widely considered a successful period for the club.