Mauricio Pochettino: Chelsea set to appoint former Tottenham Hotspur boss as new head coach

Chelsea football club will appoint former Tottenham Hotspur boss, Mauricio Pochettino as their next head coach.

The 51-year-old will permanently succeed Graham Potter, who was dismissed at the start of April after less than seven months in charge of the club, Sky Sports News understands.

Frank Lampard's role as caretaker manager will also come to an end at the end of this season.

Taking on the role, Mr Pochettino will have his work cut out.

Despite spending £600m in the last transfer windows, Chelsea are currently in the bottom half of the Premier League, and will end the season without a trophy.

The team will also not play in the European competition next season.

Paul Gilmour, Sky Sports reporter, said the choice of the Argentine was "surreal" but Mr Pochettino "knows how to bring a group of players together. He is very much a people person, somebody who can galvanise and work with what he has got".

Mr Pochettino has been out of work since being sacked by Paris Saint-Germain last summer after 18 months in charge.

Before that, he managed Chelsea's London rivals, Spurs, for five years until November 2019, but failed to win a trophy for the north London club.

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville said the right choice has been made, given the profile of players that Chelsea have signed.

"They've got to appoint a manager who is going to inherit and like the squad that they've got - a lot of them are young - and I think that man is Mauricio Pochettino," he said.