Mauricio Pochettino shockingly leaves Chelsea Football Club

Mauricio Pochettino has unexpectedly parted ways with Chelsea. This is what it means for the club and where they will look next for a replacement.
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Mauricio Pochettino has unexpectedly parted ways with Chelsea Football Club just days after he sat in the dugout for the team's final day of the Premier League season.

The news has shocked the Chelsea community despite early rumors surrounding potential tension between the owners, sporting director, and Pochettino after reports emerged about apparent differences between the parties.

Many expected that the noise would subdue as, in the eyes of many supporters and pundits alike, believed that the Argentine coach did enough to retain his position at least for another season.

Considering the numerous challenges Pochettino has faced, including injuries, inconsistencies with young players, immense media criticism, and an unfortunate number of results, he still managed to deliver Chelsea European football, which looked nearly impossible at one stage.

Furthermore, the Blues played in two domestic cup finals, of which they could and should have at least won one if it were not for the team's underwhelming conversion rate in front of goal.

Young players like Cole Palmer, Noni Madueke, Conor Gallagher, Nicolas Jackson, and Moises Caicedo, to name a few, have developed tremendously over the past year - a vital criterion that Pochettino had to tick off this season.

What is more bemusing is that no friction was reported between the manager and the hierarchy throughout the season, especially during the lows when the club's position looked dire.

It only made sense that the bond between the two sides would have strengthened as they endured a rough patch. However, it has fallen apart in the end.

Worryingly, the confusing decision leaves the Chelsea project in an uncertain space, as the decision-makers face another pivotal crossroads, with the dilemma Chelsea now needs to address being the successor of the managerial position.

Thomas Tuchel will be a thought a section of the fanbase would like to revisit, especially with the former Champions League winner departing with Bayern Munich. However, that looks extremely unlikely as the situation between Tuchel and the board resembles closer to a burnt bridge rather than a potentially renewable alliance.

Roberto De Zerbi has a few supporters excited with his free-flowing Brighton team an attractive prospect. The Italian also surprisingly parted ways with the club just a few days ago. 

Rúben Amorim will be a popular choice, with the Portuguese manager attracting interest from clubs across Europe through the season with his impressive stint at Sporting.

High-risk choices include Kieran McKenna, current Ipswich Town manager, and Enzo Maresca of Leicester City. The former is reported to be heavily admired by Chelsea, whereas rumors regarding Maresca are dim. Nevertheless, the two options have received substantial criticism from the fanbase due to their lack of experience.

An outside possibility also includes Stuttgart's manager, Sebastian Hoeneß, who has enjoyed a quiet but successful season in the Bundesliga. Other potential candidates also include Eddie Howe, Thomas Frank, and Michel, who have all flourished at their respective clubs.

At this moment, there is no clear indication of the path Chelsea will choose, however, there is no doubt that it will be a significant decision. Chelsea FC really never fails to provide a dull moment, even when things seem to have quieted down.