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Mauricio Pochettino agrees deal with Chelsea to take over as manager

Mauricio Pochettino has reportedly agreed a deal with Chelsea to take over as their new manager at the end of this season. 

According to the Telegraph, the two parties reached an agreement just hours after the Blues’ 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. 

Pochettino’s staff – Jesus Perez, Miguel D’Aostino, Toni Jimenez and his son Sebastiano – are all expected to join him at the club. 

He has been out of work since being fired by Paris Saint-Germain in July last year. The Parisians won the Ligue 1 title and the French Cup under him but failed to achieve any European success. 

The former Espanyol boss is now set to return to the Premier League, where he enjoyed a highly successful stint with Tottenham Hotspur between 2014 and 2019. 

The 51-year-old led the club to the 2019 Champions League final and also guided them to a second-place finish in the 2016-17 season. 

Despite spending a prodigious sum on new recruits in the last two transfer windows, Chelsea have endured a disappointing 2022-23 campaign. 

They are sitting in the bottom half of the table and will end the season without a trophy. 

The Blues have sacked Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter this season, with Frank Lampard now in charge as interim manager. 

However, they have picked up only four points from their six Premier League matches under Lampard. 

Their final three fixtures will see them take on Manchester City, Manchester United and Newcastle United.

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