Chelsea star sends apology message to Mauricio Pochettino after exit

Chelsea star sends apology message to Mauricio Pochettino after exit

Reece James has sent a message of support to Mauricio Pochettino following his Chelsea exit and says he is ‘sorry’ over his lack of availability this season.

Chelsea announced on Tuesday evening that Pochettino has left by ‘mutual consent’ after just one season at Stamford Bridge.

Pochettino was expected to be handed a second season with Chelsea after a strong end to the campaign which saw the team register five consecutive wins in the Premier League.

However, Chelsea’s hierarchy have decided to change manager following an end-of-season review which ultimately ended Pochettino’s reign.

James, meanwhile, started just six games under Pochettino due to a hamstring injury which required surgery in December.

And in his message to Pochettino, the Chelsea captain said he was ‘sorry’ for being sidelined for the majority of the campaign.

James posted on Instagram: ‘Thank you for everything boss.

‘We had an amazing relationship from the moment we met.

‘I never played as much as I would have hoped under you, which I am sorry for but also something I couldn’t control.

‘You believed in me and gave me a huge responsibility when many others doubted me.

‘Also a special mention to the other staff that played a huge role that not many others would see, Jesus Perez, Toni Jimenez, Miguel D’Agostino, Sebastiano Pochettino. Thank you all and good luck in the future!’

Former Chelsea captain John Terry also made his disappointment clear regarding Pochettino’s exit.

Terry wrote on Instagram on Tuesday: ‘Gutted to see Pochettino leave.

‘I just hope we don’t sign or sell any players until we get a new manager in.’

In an interview last week, Palmer also stressed that Chelsea’s players were fully behind Pochettino.

‘Chelsea are a big club, everyone wants to finish higher than sixth but you have to look at where we were at the start of the season, throughout the season, we’ve been 13th, 12th. Last season obviously was the same,’ Palmer said.

‘So to get back into Europe is a step in the right direction.

‘Big credit to the manager because all the players love the manager and they want to fight for him. We’re just gelling now and everyone can see that.’

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