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Mauricio Pochettino to Chelsea agreed with two deals to immediately follow and Boehly handed crucial advice

Mauricio Pochettino set for Chelsea appointment

Chelsea are soon expected to confirm the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino after the Argentine made clear his demands to Todd Boehly and gave his verbal word on the move.

The highly-rated Argentine coach is emerging as Chelsea’s No 1 candidate to take over the vacancy currently filled on an interim basis by Frank Lampard. But the Blues are confident that an announcement can soon be made over the permanent successor to Graham Potter.

And according to widespread reports, Pochettino has now verbally agreed to sign up with Chelsea following a series of talks.

And Football Insider reports that that agreement is now fully in place with only formalities left to resolve.

As part of the talks with Boehly, Pochettino will be joined at Stamford Bridge by his former PSG and Tottenham assistants Jesus Perez and Toni Jimenez.

Chelsea are now in the process of formalising the agreement with the 51-year-old due to take charge officially from June 1.

However, Pochettino is already reportedly doing preparation work in anticipation of his appointment.

And, in running the rule over Chelsea’s bloated squad, the Argentine is working out which of the squad he plans to keep.

To that end, Pochettino will reportedly tell several stars they are immediately free to leave Stamford Bridge.

And, following talks with Boehly, that could mean a number of the American’s own signings, be shown the door.

To that end, the likes of Kalidou Koulibaly and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could find themselves soon leaving.

A number of other high-profile stars will also be left sweating on their futures too.

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Boehly given advice over Pochettino appointment

And with Pochettino making clear he wants full control of recruitment and the playing squad, Boehly will likely be required to have less of a say going forwards.

The Blues have settled on Pochettino after deciding he was the outstanding candidate for the job.

Both Julian Nagelsmann and Luis Enrique were also strongly considered for the post too, with both holding interviews.

But fears over Nagelsmann’s inability to manage big-name stars saw him reportedly overlooked. And Pochettino’s Premier League know-how saw him win the day over former Spain coach Enrique.

As a result, the New York Times’ Rory Smith is backing Pochettino to prove a huge success at Chelsea.

And he insists the Argentine is unfairly judged on his failure to win silverware at Tottenham.

Smith told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Monday Night Club: “Pochettino would be a great appointment for Chelsea. If I was Pochettino I would also have several pressing questions about what Chelsea’s vision is and taking it with a sense of trepidation.

“I would ask [co-owner] Todd Boehly what he was thinking by signing all these players and what was his plan. Depending on his answer, I’d have a vague idea if I was being set up for success or not.

“Pochettino makes perfect sense and I think he is unfairly remembered for not winning anything at Spurs. That completely misses the point of what he did there.

“He’s the strongest candidate and he’s what Chelsea need – playing progressive football and developing young players.”

Sutton issues warning to Boehly

Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton also reckons a move for Pochettino makes perfect sense.

However, he reckons Boehly will be forced to take a backseat and allow Pochettino full control at the club.

“It would make sense for Chelsea to go for Mauricio Pochettino. The one question I’d be asking Boehly, if I was Pochettino, would be if he is staying out of the dressing room.

“Pochettino would want control and would not want that. Boehly has been too hands-on and if Pochettino goes in he wants it is his way. Chelsea is an attractive proposition.”

Chelsea are next in action on Wednesday evening when they take on Brentford at Stamford Bridge.

If an agreement can be announced in time, Pochettino could well be watching from the stands as his work begins in earnest.

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