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Breaking: Mauricio Pochettino leaves Chelsea by’mutual consent’ after just one season at Stamford Bridge

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Following an end-of-season internal review between Pochettino and sporting directors Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley, as well as co-owner Behdad Eghbali, Pochettino has left Chelsea by mutual consent after a single season in charge.
On Friday, the night before the season’s final game, Pochettino had dinner with owner-chairman Todd Boehly in London, but he received no assurances about what would happen to him the following week.

Meetings with Winstanley, Stewart, and Eghbali on Monday and Tuesday resulted in an agreement for the manager and club to part ways, even though his contract still has a year left.

Sporting Directors Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley said in the club’s statement: “On behalf of everyone at Chelsea, we would like to express our gratitude to Mauricio for his service this season. He will be welcome back to Stamford Bridge at any time, and we wish him all the very best in his future coaching career.”

Mauricio Pochettino said: “Thank you to the Chelsea ownership group and Sporting Directors for the opportunity to be part of this football club’s history.

“The club is now well positioned to keep moving forward in the Premier League and Europe in the years to come.”

The Blues boss hinted ahead of the end of the season that a decision on his future would not only be in the hands of the club. “Look, it is not important,” he said.

“The most important thing is to keep going and working if we are all happy—not only the owners happy with us, the sporting directors with us, or us with the organisation the club is building here because then we are all under assessment.

“If we are happy, perfect. But it is not only if the owner is happy or the sporting directors are happy. If we are happy, you need to ask also because we said, ‘Look, maybe we are not happy with certain situations, and maybe we are not happy and we need to split.

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