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Todd Boehly embarrassed Mauricio Pochettino after 'stupid rumours' remark backfired

Todd Boehly speaking into a microphone at a conference
-Credit: (Image: Sportico)


Todd Boehly's swooning over Mauricio Pochettino's football was not enough to win the confidence of the Chelsea top brass.

Many fans are still coming to terms with the Argentine's sudden departure from Stamford Bridge on May 21. Memories of Boehly serenading the "fluid" and "beautiful" football the Blues were producing in the final months of the season feel like a long time ago.

Pochettino, who was once taunted with chants of 'You don't know what you're doing' by his own fan base, made his exit to a backdrop of fury from many Chelsea fans who believed he had earned another year at the club.

Yet both Pochettino and Boehly were seemingly left with egg on their face by their own respective comments. The ex-Blues boss appeared confident he had the support of those above him, while Boehly may have felt Chelsea's choppy seas were finally changing.

Soon after Chelsea secured a second Premier League win of the season over Tottenham Hotspur and blitzed West Ham 5-0, Boehly, who was at the Sportico conference, said: "We've seen the last two and a half games, at least in the second half at Aston Villa [2-2 draw] and Tottenham and West Ham where we played just beautiful football.

"It was so fluid, it was exactly the way we drew it up, when we came out of the back, built up and moved up the pitch, [it was] very organised and the number of shots we had on board. In those two and a half games, you could really start to see what we were working on coming together.

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"Even the commentary has changed over the last two and a half games. I've never seen anything change so quickly."

A period of stability felt inevitable. Yet, Pochettino was still being asked about rumours of him becoming the third Chelsea boss to be dismissed by the owners.

"We were talking about the judgement at the end of the season, if I feel I am under scrutiny," he said in another press conference. "That was the question from the people. But it is like [we have] to prove, after all these circumstances and all of this situation, that we deserve to be here next season. I say, ‘Who is going to judge me?’

"I need to judge myself and all the players, and of course with all the circumstances [of the season]. But I wanted to say that it is enough with these type of rumours.

"If I have one more year on my contract here, and no one says nothing, [I] suppose that I am going to be here. [That changes] only if we then finish the season and someone says to me, 'ciao'.

"Because we don't know at the moment. I suppose I have one more year on my contract and that I am going to be here. But enough about the stupid rumours. You need to ask the club if they want me to keep going or not -- not to write things that have no sense."

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Chelsea, looks on prior to the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Chelsea FC at American Express Community Stadium on May 15, 2024 in Brighton, England
Mauricio Pochettino became the third manager to be sacked by Chelsea since 2022 -Credit:Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

Ahead of what would prove to be his final match, Pochettino revealed he went for dinner with Boehly. Pochettino did not divulge what was discussed, but he stated it was a "very nice" meal. Little over a week later, Pochettino "mutually agreed to part ways" with the club, firing the starting gun on another managerial search.

Enzo Maresca, the Leicester City manager who brought the Foxes back into the Premier League at the first time of asking, looks set to become the third permanent manager since 2022. The Italian appears to be an intriguing, but bold appointment by the Blues' board, who had also sounded out Kieran McKenna of Ipswich Town.

As a disciple of Pep Guardiola, Maresca will be ready for the huge pressure and scrutiny that will welcome him to Stamford Bridge. But the one uncertainty he will surely have to deal with will be the confidence of the board. Pochettino was not without his mistakes at Stamford Bridge, but the biggest one he may have made was think that he was safe.