Lampard breaks silence on Chelsea's Pochettino links
Chelsea are set to announce the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino as the club’s next head coach after agreeing personal terms with the former Tottenham boss. The Argentine is set to land the job to take over the Blues ahead of next season to become the fifth manager at the helm under Todd Boehly, with Frank Lampard expected to leave when his stint as caretaker boss comes to an end.
The 51-year-old will complete his return to English football three and a half years after his sacking by Tottenham in November 2019. He will be joined by his backroom team of assistant Jesus Perez, first-team coach Miguel D’Agostino, goalkeeping coach Toni Jimenez and his sports scientist son, Sebastiano.
It was rumoured that Pochettino could have returned to Spurs to link up with Daniel Levy for a second spell in charge after Antonio Conte, but he will now take up a role with their London rivals at Stamford Bridge.
According to The Telegraph, Pochettino will sign his contract ‘in the coming days’ after agreeing terms with the Blues, with the six-time Premier League winners set to announce his appointment on a long-term contract.
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It comes just hours after Lampard’s men threw away two points to draw 2-2 with Nottingham Forest, with Boehly seemingly ending the 44-year-old’s hopes of landing a permanent job after a disastrous interim spell in charge.
Lampard was brought in until the end of the season as a temporary measure after Bruno Saltor, Graham Potter’s former assistant, declined to take the job until a successor was found.
But Chelsea have made no improvements under the ex-Everton boss, winning just one of his eight games in charge – a run that included seven straight defeats. They are now mathematically unable to qualify for Europe next season and currently sit in 11th place on 43 points, with even a top-10 finish looking unlikely.
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It will give Pochettino the chance to work with his new squad on the training ground as he plans to undergo a major squad revamp this summer, with at least half a dozen departures expected and more could follow.
It remains to be seen whether Boehly will tone down his spending after Pochettino moves into his new surroundings, having already blown £600million on transfers in his first year as owner.
Chelsea will be forced to cut their bloated squad and raise funds to avoid any Financial Fair Play penalties, with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic likely to go.
But there is likely to be some new arrivals to replace those departing, with a new goalkeeper, midfielder and striker believed to be on his wishlist.
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