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Chelsea appointed Frank Lampard as the new Blues boss in July, but reports are now claiming that Chelsea made an ‘unofficial’ move to appoint Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino as the club’s new manager before the appointment of Lampard.
Pochettino’s stock has risen due to what he has achieved as Spurs boss. The Argentine has turned Tottenham to a consistent Champions League side over the past seasons, and he went as far as leading them to the Champions League final last season, losing to Liverpool in a keenly contested final.
Pochettino was on Manchester United’s shortlist after they opted to sack Jose Mourinho last December. It was believed that United will go all out for the Spurs boss but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ended up getting the job on a full-time basis after an impressive start at Old Trafford.
For Chelsea, Maurizio Sarri decided to leave his position to become Juventus manager at the end of last season, and The Sun claim that Pochettino was on Chelsea’s radar and the Argentine was the subject of an ‘unofficial’ approach from the west London club.
The report also claims that shrewd Spurs chairman Daniel Levy was unwilling to let Pochettino leave unless a club agree to pay his £32 million buyout fee. The report also claims that Pochettino was contacted even after the departure of Antonio Conte.
Eventually, Chelsea legend Frank Lampard was favourite for the job after impressing during a one-year stint with Derby County in the Championship.
Lampard’s Chelsea might not have had it all sorted out yet, but the 41-year-old has shown that he’s steering the ship in the right direction. The Blues boss is building a young squad and has looked within to build his squad after the transfer ban and the departure of star man Eden Hazard.
For Pochettino, his Spurs side has been struggling of late as they suffered a humiliating exit in the Carabao Cup this week in a penalty shootout against League Two side Colchester United.
Spurs have gotten just one win in their last seven games and have thrown away leads against Arsenal, Olympiacos and Leicester City, while they have not won an away game in the Premier League since January.
Lampard signed a three-year contract with Chelsea, and the Blues chiefs have assured him that he isn’t under pressure to win titles immediately.