Mauricio Pochetitino is another step closer to become the new manager of Chelsea next season. The Argentinian has held several talks with the board of the Blues over the past few weeks and several reports from Engeland have claimed that the talks now have entered the final stages, that an appointment could be close and the possibility of signing a multi-year contract being signed this week hasn’t been ruled out.
Last week it was suggested that Chelsea held talks with four candidates, including Pochettino, Julian Nagelsmann, Luis Enrique and Sporting Portugal coach Ruben Amorim. However, three of the four candidates declined the approach and that left Chelsea with a relatively easy choice for Pochettino in the end. At this moment the club is still keeping lines of dialogues open with possible other candidates, should the deal with the former Tottenham Hotspur boss fall through.
The Argentinian’s history at Tottenham is not considered to be a problem for the Chelsea board, and will only become relevant when his former club would be interested in signing him on for next season. Pochettino left Tottenham three seasons ago but a return to the club he reached the Champions League final with has always been a possibility but never developed as a serious option. While both parties have liked the idea of a return, it has never been a real option.