Revealed: The divide that led to Mauricio Pochettino’S Chelsea split

Mauricio Pochettino has mutually agreed to leave Chelsea after just one season in charge, following an appraisal by sporting directors Paul Winstanley, Laurence Stewart, and co-controlling owner Behdad Eghbali. Despite Chelsea’s late-season resurgence, culminating in a sixth-place Premier League finish and a Carabao Cup final appearance, internal disagreements regarding the club’s playing philosophy and the use of set-piece specialists contributed to the decision. The club expressed gratitude for Pochettino’s efforts and wished him well in his future endeavors.

Pochettino’s tenure was marked by challenges, including a high injury list and inconsistent form. Despite these hurdles, key performances from players like Cole Palmer helped the team finish strongly. However, tensions arose over the club’s strategic direction, particularly regarding set-piece coaching, which saw Chelsea rank poorly in set-piece statistics. Ultimately, the appointment of Brentford’s Bernardo Cueva as a set-piece specialist without Pochettino’s input signaled a significant rift, leading to his departure. Pochettino leaves Chelsea with a record of 27 wins, 10 draws, and 14 losses across all competitions.

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