Mauricio Pochettino issues Chelsea future update after Todd Boehly meeting and tunnel incident

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Chelsea, looks on at full-time following the team's victory in the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and AFC Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on May 19, 2024
Pochettino issues Chelsea future update after Boehly meeting and tunnel incident -Credit:Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

Mauricio Pochettino has provided an update on his future at Chelsea. The 52-year-old currently faces an uncertain future at Stamford Bridge despite leading the Blues to European football on the final day of the Premier League season.

Chelsea cruised past Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon, bringing an end to Pochettino's first campaign in charge. Speaking to reporters after the game, the former Tottenham Hotspur boss was quizzed on whether or not he's due to attend an 'end-of-season' meeting with the owners.

He replied: "I don't know if that is going to happen or not. I don't have any idea about this. All I can tell you is on Friday night, Todd invited me for a dinner and it was a very nice dinner together.

"But I don't know about the rumours about the review. My staff tomorrow are flying for their holidays. I am going to stay in London for a few more days. I am always open. My phone is going to be on."

When asked to expand on his dinner with the Chelsea co-owner, Pochettino said: "I am not going to explain. It is only for you to know that I was with him. I'm not going to talk about this. If I invite you along, and you and me have dinner, it's not for bad things. I don't believe that."

Then, later in the post-match press conference, Pochettino was asked why he raced down the tunnel at full-time instead of joining the players in a lap of honour. The Blues boss said: "There was no time.

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"We were with Thiago Silva and then when the players started, Adrian (the Chelsea press officer) said you need to go inside. Maybe now I will go and give a tour."

Generally speaking, Pochettino summarised what has been a turbulent campaign. He said: "I'm so pleased and so proud about the players. You could see at the end of the game, players who played more and less and were injured, the way they came to hug me.

"It was very, very, very nice. We talk about the relationship we have – sometimes we are tough with them and sometimes we need to make our choices – but we feel so proud in the way they were working.

"Even when tough moments happened during the season, they always showed their respect to us and their belief in the way we presented our job."