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Chelsea: Ruben Amorim, Vincent Kompany, Kieran McKenna to replace Mauricio Pochettino?

Author: BBC Sport

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  • 21 May 2024

Chelsea are on the hunt for a new manager once more after Mauricio Pochettino left the club by mutual consent following just one season at Stamford Bridge.

The Argentine came under fire after an underwhelming first half of the season but led them to a sixth-place finish in the Premier League.

Chelsea also finished as runners-up in the Carabao Cup and reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

But who next? BBC Sport look at some of the early contenders and give you the chance to vote for your favourite.

Ruben Amorim

Portuguese manager Amorim, 39, looked likely to be heading to Liverpool this summer.

His stock has risen after guiding Sporting to their first top-flight title in 19 years in 2021 and is highly rated by numerous European clubs.

Chelsea are known to have had a long-term interest in Amorim.

Hansi Flick

An early favourite with some bookmakers.

The German, 59, is available and ready to return to management having been out of work since he was sacked by Germany in September 2023.

Before that, Flick won 70 of his 86 games in charge of Bayern Munich from November 2019 to June 2021.

Under Flick, Bayern won a treble of the domestic league and cup, and the Champions League in the 2019-20 season.

Vincent Kompany

Chelsea are understood to have already expressed an interest in Burnley boss Kompany.

The Belgian impressed in guiding the Clarets to promotion the season before last, and their recent relegation doesn’t seem to have done too much damage to his reputation.

Bayern Munich have also expressed an interest.

Kieran McKenna

The 38-year-old will be one of the favourites after guiding Ipswich to Premier League promotion this season.

The former Manchester United coach is understood to be of interest to Chelsea, having produced some impressive, free-flowing football with Ipswich.

Jose Mourinho

The 61-year-old has inevitably been linked with a third spell as manager of Chelsea, a move many fans would welcome but appears unlikely.

The Portuguese is out of work after he was fired by Roma earlier this season but was dubbed ‘the special one’ for his work with the Blues.

Mourinho won three Premier League titles and an FA Cup at Stamford Bridge, adding to the countless honours he won with Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.

Julian Nagelsmann

The former Bayern Munich boss, 36, took over as Germany manager last September but his contract only runs until July 2024, meaning he would be available after this summer’s European Championships.

The former RB Leipzig manager won the Bundesliga in his first season in charge at Bayern Munich, before being dismissed.

He was the favourite to take over Chelsea last summer before the club went in a different direction.

Michel Sanchez

The Girona boss would be a left-field choice but has impressed this season by guiding his side to Champions League qualification.

The 48-year-old has been at Girona since 2021 and has been mentioned as a possible replacement for Xavi at Barcelona.

Thomas Tuchel

Another highly-rated manager who is looking for work this summer.

A legend at Stamford Bridge for helping the club win the Champions League in 2021, before he was sacked by the new ownership group a year later,

Tuchel has left his job at Bayern Munich, despite recent talks to persuade him to stay, and is looking for a new challenge. Probably not at Chelsea, but you never know…

Roberto de Zerbi

Surely not another ex-Brighton employee heading to Chelsea? You wouldn’t rule it out.

The 44-year-old Italian is newly out of work after his shock resignation as Seagulls boss at the end of this season.

De Zerbi guided Brighton to sixth place the season before last, which saw the club qualify for European competition for the first time, and ninth in the season just gone.

He has been linked with numerous top jobs but insisted on Sunday he had no role lined up.

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Adjunto do Vasco elogia Álvaro Pacheco: «Tem uma energia enorme» | MAISFUTEBOL

Author: MAISFUTEBOL

Álvaro Pacheco ainda não assumiu o comando técnico do Vasco da Gama, mas isso não o impediu de ter um impacto grande na vitória da equipa do Rio de Janeiro frente ao Fortaleza, nos penáltis, a contar para a Taça do Brasil.

No final dessa partida, o adjunto do Vasco, Rafael Paiva, elogiou o técnico português que chega depois de ter orientado o Vitória de Guimarães.

«Sobre o Álvaro Pacheco, nós já estávamos a conversar com ele. Mesmo longe, esteve sempre a dar-nos confiança. Tem uma energia enorme. Desde que chegou, pôs-nos para cima o tempo todo. Ajudou-nos no que era possível», afirmou, citado pelo Globoesporte.

«Esteve presente na concentração e no balneário. Conseguimos fazer uma transição boa, ele já está a par de todas as situações», acrescentou.

Álvaro Pacheco, refira-se, deve fazer a estreia no banco do Vasco da Gama no próximo dia 2 de junho, domingo, na receção ao Flamengo.

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Inter, cosa lascia Zhang: 700 milioni in meno e (forse) una causa

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Nato il 21 dicembre, Steven Zhang, secondo l’oroscopo occidentale è un sagittario, ma il segno zodiacale più indicato per l’ormai ex presidente dell’Inter sarebbe stato quello dei gemelli o al limite della bilancia. Perché non ci possono che essere due volti – o due pesi – per giudicare la sua esperienza alla guida del club nerazzurro. Zhang, infatti, lascia una doppia eredità a chi lo seguirà: da una parte 7 trofei vinti nell’arco delle ultime quattro stagioni (a cui vanno aggiunte una finale di Champions e una di Europa League), dall’altra un indebitamento di circa 700 milioni che graverà sulle casse del club e di chi dovrà gestirlo. Il tutto – come fatto intendere dallo stesso Steven nella lettera di sabato ai tifosi – accompagnato da una più che probabile causa che Suning farà contro Oaktree per come si è arrivati all’escussione del pegno.

Zhang, causa contro Oaktree

Se poi il gruppo di Nanchino avrà degli appigli per portarla avanti, lo si capirà nel tempo. Di certo, grazie ovviamente al lavoro della dirigenza a Milano e quello sul campo di Antonio Conte e Simone Inzaghi (senza dimenticare Luciano Spalletti, l’allenatore che ha ridato la Champions all’Inter), Zhang ha saputo riportare ai vertici del calcio italiano l’Inter. Due scudetti, il primo nell’annata ’20-21 a cavallo della pandemia – con investimenti ingenti soprattutto nell’estate 2019 che hanno poi condizionato le mosse delle stagioni successive -, il secondo, quello storico della seconda stella poche settimane fa. In mezzo due Coppe Italia e tre Supercoppe italiane grazie a Inzaghi. Queste le note liete. La situazione economica dell’Inter infatti non può essere definita buona, anzi, ma al tempo stesso va sottolineato come, proprio dall’avvento di Oaktree dall’estate del 2021 col suo “compito” di vigilanza sui conti del club, ci siano stati graduali miglioramenti. Il compito del fondo americano di avvicinare l’Inter a una situazione “sana” non sarà semplice perché l’indebitamento del club rimane altissimo, intorno ai 700 milioni, frutto delle spese eccessive di Suning nei suoi primi anni di gestione e del bond da 415 milioni in capo all’Inter emesso sul finire del 2021 e in scadenza il 9 febbraio 2027. Oaktree ha un gran lavoro davanti a sé, ma potrà proseguire su una strada già indirizzata. Il debito lordo il 30 giugno 2022 era infatti di 881 milioni, sceso dodici mesi dopo a 807. Secondo le stime di questa stagione, il 30 giugno 2024 l’indebitamento dovrebbe assestarsi sui 700 milioni.

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L’Inter è ufficialmente di Oaktree: “Vogliamo conseguire il miglior risultato per la prosperità del club a lungo termine” | Calcioblog

Author: Calcioblog

Il club nerazzurro cambia ufficialmente proprietario in seguito al mancato pagamento del debito da parte di Steven Zhang.

L’Inter è ufficialmente di proprietà di Oaktree, è arrivato il comunicato ufficiale pubblicato da Calcio e Finanza: “Dal 22 maggio 2024, fondi gestiti da Oaktree Capital Management, LP (“Oaktree”) sono proprietari di FC Internazionale Milano (“Inter” o il “Club”). Ciò fa seguito al mancato rimborso del prestito triennale concesso da Oaktree alle holding dell’Inter, scaduto il 21 maggio 2024 con un saldo complessivo di circa 395 milioni di euro”.

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Prospettive future

“Oaktree è dedicato a conseguire il miglior risultato per la prosperità a lungo termine dell’Inter, con un focus iniziale sulla stabilità operativa e finanziaria del Club e i suoi stakeholder. Oaktree ha un grandissimo rispetto per la storia dell’Inter, la passione dei giocatori, la lealtà degli Interisti; ha inoltre grande considerazione per il significativo ruolo del Club nei confronti della città di Milano, dell’Italia e della comunità sportiva globale. Oaktree intende lavorare a stretto contatto con l’attuale team di gestione dell’Inter, con i partner, con la lega e con gli organi di governo dello sport per garantire che il Club sia posizionato per il successo dentro e fuori dal campo, concentrandosi su una gestione e una governance solide con una visione di crescita sostenibile e di successo”.

La conferma del Managing Director Alejandro Cano

“Come nuova proprietà, conosciamo la nostra grande responsabilità nei confronti della comunità e dell’eredità storica dell’Inter. Siamo impegnati per il successo a lungo termine dei Nerazzurri e riteniamo che le nostre ambizioni per il Club si uniscano a quelle dei suoi appassionati tifosi in Italia e nel mondo. Il nostro obiettivo iniziale è la stabilità operativa e finanziaria del Club. Abbiamo grande rispetto per il gruppo dirigente dell’Inter e non vediamo l’ora di lavorare a stretto contatto con loro per dare una leadership forte al Club. Conquistare la seconda stella è stato un momento cruciale per il Club e il nostro obiettivo è continuare il successo ottenuto sul campo con un percorso di crescita e successo di lungo periodo”.

L’articolo L’Inter è ufficialmente di Oaktree: “Vogliamo conseguire il miglior risultato per la prosperità del club a lungo termine” proviene da Notizie Inter.

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Mauricio Pochettino leaves Chelsea after one season

Author: BBC Sport

Mauricio PocettinoGetty ImagesBobbie JacksonBBC Sport JournalistNizaar KinsellaBBC Sport football news reporter

  • 21 May 2024

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino has left the club by mutual consent after one season at Stamford Bridge.

Pochettino, 52, took charge of Chelsea on 1 July, signing a two-year contract with the option of a further 12 months.

The Argentine was under pressure after an underwhelming first half of the season but a run of five successive wins to end the season ensured they finished sixth in the Premier League.

Chelsea were also runners-up in the Carabao Cup and reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

“Thank you to the Chelsea ownership group and sporting directors for the opportunity,” Pochettino said.

“The club is now well positioned to keep moving forward in the Premier League and Europe in the years to come.”

Chelsea will now search for a successor and have expressed recent interest in Ipswich manager Kieran McKenna, Sporting’s Ruben Amorim and Burnley’s Vincent Kompany.

BBC Sport understands Chelsea are unlikely to go for Leicester City manager Enzo Maresca, a former assistant coach with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. A return for former managers Jose Mourinho or Thomas Tuchel is not on the cards as the club targets a young head coach.

Pochettino was Chelsea’s sixth permanent manager in five years, following the sacking of Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter, which led to Frank Lampard taking charge on a temporary basis at the end of the 2022-23 season.

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

“He will be welcome back to Stamford Bridge any time and we wish him all the very best in his future coaching career.”

Coaches Jesus Perez, Miguel d’Agostino, Toni Jimenez and Sebastiano Pochettino have also left.

Amicable exit and no fan mutiny

Pochettino, whose tenure ended just short of 12 months, is understood to have departed on very amicable terms; he felt leaving was the right decision following discussions with senior club officials.

He had been seen as the man to mould Chelsea into credible title contenders again after their £747m expenditure on transfers during the 2022-23 campaign.

The Argentine also enjoyed a significant budget, with a further £400m-plus spent on players, including Cole Palmer, Nicolas Jackson, Moises Caicedo and Christopher Nkunku.

Chelsea have spent more than £1bn on transfers since Todd Boehly’s takeover in May 2022, and were described by Sky Sports pundit and former England defender Gary Neville as “billion-pound bottle-jobs” after losing the Carabao Cup final against a weakened Liverpool side.

In March, Pochettino, who led Tottenham to the Champions League final in 2018-19, addressed booing from some sections of the Stamford Bridge crowd, who chanted the name of former manager Jose Mourinho during a 2-2 draw with Brentford.

He said: “Maybe if I was a fan, I’d be the same because we are not matching the expectation.”

He appeared to win back some support following a 6-0 thrashing of Everton in April and a 5-0 victory against West Ham in May, although Chelsea did fall to a 5-0 loss at Arsenal in between those two results.

While there will be shock among some fans, Pochettino was booed on several occasions this season. There will not be any mutiny at another managerial change.

Pochettino struggled to win over supporters, with positive comments about his former club Tottenham, his calm demeanour and mixed results all contributing to an indifferent atmosphere among fans, with many disliking the Argentine.

Why has this happened?

Nizaar Kinsella, BBC Sport football news reporter

Pochettino’s departure from Chelsea will surprise many but the situation had been on a knife edge.

Even though they had finished the Premier League season with a five-game winning run, there was huge uncertainty behind the scenes.

Chairman Boehly had called for patience and met the Argentine on Friday before the final game of the season.

But less was known about the opinions of other senior board members, including most notably, co-controlling owner Behdad Eghbali.

In reality, Eghbali is the key decision-maker at Stamford Bridge and will have been a crucial voice in the end-of-season meeting.

He has been in London with fellow Clearlake Capital co-founder and board member Jose Feliciano since Chelsea won the Women’s Super League on Saturday.

They, along with the two sporting directors Winstanley and Stewart, will have been the loudest voices in the room despite support from the squad and senior staff for Pochettino.

Of course, this is an ending by mutual consent, and signs of discontent from Pochettino were apparent at press conferences.

Pochettino aired concerns about injuries and the composition of his young, inexperienced squad, which exposed the decision-makers to criticism.

Privately, he is understood to have been open to continuing depending on the outcome of the post-season meeting, but also to have aired concerns in the final weeks of his tenure.

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‘Thanks for making my dreams come true’ – players react

Several Chelsea players took to social media after the announcement on Tuesday night.

Cole Palmer, who was Chelsea’s top scorer this season, said: “Gaffer, thank you for everything you have done for me and making my dreams come true. All the best.”

Team-mate Marc Cucurella said: “Thank you for everything mister. Good luck in the future.”

Mykhailo Mudryk and Noni Madueke were among others who posted thanks to Pochettino on Instagram.

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