Chelsea are on the lookout for a new manager for next season after interim manager Guus Hiddink’s tenure as Blues boss ends in the summer. They would like to bring the new manager on board as soon as this campaign ends so that the new manager has enough time to work with his team before the 2016-17 season starts and Blues owner Roman Abramovich is making a list of managers he wants to see at Chelsea. According to the Daily Mail that list features the likes of Antonio Conte, Massimilano Allegri and Diego Simeone and now a new name has been added to that list Mauricio Pochettino.
The Daily Mail report that Pochettino has come under the Blues’ radar. But it looks like Chelsea will have to look elsewhere as the ex-Southampton boss has ruled out the possibility of leaving White Hart Lane in the summer.
He has committed himself to Tottenham after ruling himself out of the race to be Chelsea boss. Chelsea and Manchester United have both been linked with the Spurs boss because of the impressive job Pochettino has done at Tottenham.
But Pochettino, who joined Tottenham on a 5-year deal last season says he is very happy at White Hart Lane and is only thinking about Spurs.
Pochettino said: “I’m very happy here. We’ve created after 18 months a very good group, with a strong basis for success in the future and I’m very happy.
“My job is to be focused, not to hear rumours. The most important thing is that I’m focused on my job.
“It’s the same with any rumours about players, there’s a lot of names in the media now. But my focus is here, to try for success at Tottenham and to work hard.”
Pochettino is highly rated for his ability to develop youngsters into star players and Harry Kane and Dele Alli bear testimony to that fact. In the ongoing Premier League campaign Spurs are above Chelsea and Manchester United in 4th place and look set to finish in the TOP 4 after a long time.
Meanwhile, the Mirror is reporting that chairman Daniel Levy is set to give Pochettino a new improved contract to fend off interest from Manchester United and Chelsea.