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After only one season in charge, Mauricio Pochettino announces his departure from Chelsea

Chelsea confirmed on Tuesday that Mauricio Pochettino has left the English team by mutual agreement after only one season in charge.

Despite a strong finish to the season that placed them sixth in the Premier League, the Blues were unable to qualify for the Champions League or win a trophy.

Chelsea released a statement saying, “Chelsea FC can confirm that the club and Mauricio Pochettino have mutually agreed to part ways.”

Chelsea has spent more than £1 billion ($1.3 billion) on new players in only two years after joining an American consortium led by LA Dodgers co-owner Todd Boehly and private equity firm Clearlake Capital.

The great bulk of that outplay was devoted to developing players, and Pochettino blamed his team’s inability to produce regular success on his inexperience and long injury list.

Chelsea pushed Manchester City to the limit before succumbing to them by the same score in the FA Cup semi-finals. Chelsea lost the League Cup final 1-0 to Liverpool in extra time.

The fact that Chelsea finished the season with five straight victories, however, meant that Pochettino’s plan was starting to take shape and that Chelsea would play in Europe the following year.

If Manchester United loses to City in the FA Cup final, they’ll be eligible for the Europa League; if the Red Devils upset the English champions, they’ll be eligible for the Conference League.

Pochettino expressed his gratitude to the Chelsea ownership group and sports directors for giving him the chance to be a part of the team’s history.

“The club is now in a strong position to continue growing in the next few years, both in the Premier League and in Europe.”

“We would like to express our gratitude to Mauricio for his service this season on behalf of everyone at Chelsea,” said Chelsea sports directors Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley.

“We wish him all the best in his future coaching career and will be happy to have him back at Stamford Bridge at any time.”

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