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Why Mauricio Pochettino mutually agreed to leave Chelsea

Chelsea announced yesterday they have parted company with manager Mauricio Pochettino after just one season

The Blues had a largely underwhelming campaign but finished strongly to win their final five league matches. However, the club mutually cut ties with the 52-year-old.

It was a surprising decision as many people expected him to stay at Stamford Bridge following their late resurgence in form. 

According to The Telegraph, the Argentine’s mutual departure may have been caused by the differences with the club’s hierarchy over their playing philosophy. 

He was reportedly ‘at odds with the structure being built by Chelsea’s owners and sporting directors, who have made it abundantly clear they believe football belongs to the players and the specialists’. 

Pochettino was dismissive of using set-piece specialists, with the club ranking ninth in the Premier League for goals conceded from set-pieces. 

The Argentine boss failed to make a significant impact at Chelsea after arriving at the club last summer. 

But the Blues’ injury issues and their late resurgence in form means he will leave with his reputation intact.

He could also return to management, with Manchester United considering a move for him to replace under-pressure boss Erik ten Hag.

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