Chelsea accept defeat in Pochettino pursuit

Despite Antonio Conte guiding Chelsea to FA Cup glory yesterday at Wembley against Man United, it is still widely expected that the Italian coach will depart Stamford Bridge in the coming days.

The 55-year-old former Juventus coach enjoyed a superb first season in English football winning the Premier League and reaching the FA Cup final. However, the Blues have had a tumultuous time both on and off the pitch this season, finishing fifth in the Premier League meaning they will not be playing Champions League football next season.

The Blues board have been sounding out some of Europes top coaches for several months about taking over from Conte this summer, and last week it emerged that they had hoped to lure Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino away from White Hart Lane.

The Argentinian coach was said to be stalling on signing a new deal with his current club due to concerns over transfer budget and also how the North London club normally go about their recruitment process.

However, Spurs have held positive talks with Pochettino in recent days report the Telegraph, meaning Chelsea have been forced to accept that they will not be able to convince him to take on the managerial job at Stamford Bridge.

Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique and Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri are now the clear favourites to become Chelsea’s latest manager this summer.

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