Pochettino joined Chelsea ahead of the 2023-2024 season when he replaced caretaker manager Frank Lampard, with new owners Todd Boly and Clearlake Capital Group looking to refresh the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge after finishing 12th in the previous season.

Pochettino has signed a two-year contract, with an option to renew for another year, but the 52-year-old has now left the west London side after a turbulent season despite advancing in the standings before the end to sixth place.

The team also reached the League Cup final, losing to Liverpool after extra time at Wembley, and before the FA Cup final where they lost to Manchester City.

The club’s sporting directors, Lawrence Stewart and Paul Winstanley, said in a 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 at Stamford Bridge at any time and we wish him all the best in his future coaching career.”

Chelsea started the season poorly and found themselves in the bottom half of the table despite spending more than any club in Europe on signings, spending 400 million pounds ($508.28 million).

Pochettino is Chelsea’s third permanent manager under the new title after Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter, and it took some time to adjust to the club’s struggles in the early months, as they were 12th at one point.
– Pochettino turned things upside down after the players returned from injury and lost one of their last 15 games, winning the last five games in a row to move the team up to sixth place.
– Chelsea qualify for the Conference League but will play in the Europa League if Premier League champions Manchester City beat Manchester United in the FA Cup final on Saturday.
– Speculation abounded about the departure of the former Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham Hotspur coach after just a year in charge but Pochettino remained silent about talk of his future when asked after the final game of the season on Sunday.
Pochettino said on Tuesday: “Thank you to Chelsea’s group of owners and sporting directors for giving me the opportunity to be part of the history of this football club. The club is now well positioned to continue moving forward in the Premier League and Europe in the coming years.”