Mauricio Pochettino breaks silence amid Chelsea departure and Enzo Maresca appointment

Mauricio Pochettino during a Chelsea game
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Mauricio Pochettino has taken to social media to reflect on his departure from Chelsea and has thanked the fans for all of their support during his time at Stamford Bridge.

Pochettino left the Blues a couple of weeks ago after just one season with the club, where he secured a sixth-place finish in the Premier League table. After an end-of-season review with Behdad Eghbali and the co-sporting directors Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley, the two parties decided to part company by mutual consent.

The Argentine, taking to Instagram on Tuesday, said: "To the owners, the sporting directors we appreciate the opportunity to return to the Premier League at this great club @Chelsea and for the support you gave us, as well as from all the players, staff and fans - thank you.

"We understand how important this football club is to you all and that is why we work so hard to give you a Chelsea you can be proud of. I am so pleased with the level the team reached and the way the players and staff have all worked so hard to increase their standards, they deserve great credit and I hope you felt that too in how they performed on the pitch.

"We know there have been ups and downs but we always believed in this team and that we would arrive at a consistent level. I believe the experiences of this season and big improvement we saw, I hope will only make the players stronger for the future. It has been a pleasure to work with them all and we appreciate the strong bonds we created in this last year together.

"I want to wish all of you the best for next season and beyond. It is great that we have the chance to return to Stamford Bridge so soon with @socceraid this weekend and I hope that we get to see some of you there too.

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"I hope you all get to have a great summer. Big hug from us. MP x".

Chelsea have now replaced Pochettino, with Enzo Maresca being confirmed as the new Blues head coach on Monday afternoon. The Italian has signed a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge after leaving Leicester City following a Championship-winning season at the King Power Stadium.