OFFICIAL: Chelsea confirms appointment of Pochettino as new manager

Pochettino signed a two-year contract at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Chelsea made an official announcement to appoint Pochettino, the new manager at Stamford Bridge. The former Tottenham manager has taken charge.

The Argentine signed a two-year contract at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, with the option for one more season. He will make a return to management for the first time since being sacked by Paris Saint-Germain last summer.

Pochettino emerged as a frontrunner for the job after talks with former Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann broke down.

It is added that the West London club initially held reservations that the Argentine’s emotional attachment to rivals Spurs would prevent him from moving to Stamford Bridge but talks were positive.

Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley, Chelsea’s co-sporting directors, said: “Mauricio’s experience, standards of excellence, leadership qualities and character will serve Chelsea Football Club well as we move forward.

“He is a winning coach, who has worked at the highest levels, in multiple leagues and languages. His ethos, tactical approach and commitment to development all made him the exceptional candidate.”

A statement from the club’s owners added: “The sporting team conducted a diligent and thoughtful process that the Board is proud of. We are delighted that Mauricio will be joining Chelsea. Mauricio is a world-class coach with an outstanding track record. We are all looking forward to having him on board.”

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