Todd Boehly looking for obedient manager to replace Mauricio Pochettino

Todd Boehly is looking for a “yes man” to become Chelsea’s next manager, following the departure of Mauricio Pochettino. That is the view of former player Pat Nevin at least.

Pochettino departed the club after just one season in charge on Tuesday, despite having looked to have turned the club’s fortunes around, guiding the Blues to a sixth-placed Premier League finish.

Pochettino is understood to have wanted more say in what went on behind the scenes at Chelsea, with an emphasis on transfers and who the club should sign. That, however, is at odds with how Boehly, Behdad Eghbali and Clearlake Capital want to do things.

And in a review of the season at a meeting on Tuesday, the club and Pochettino agreed to a mutual parting of ways.

Nevin believes Chelsea are in the market for a “yes man” to be their new boss. The likes of Thomas Frank, Enzo Maresca and Kieran McKenna have all been linked with the vacant post already.

Speaking with Spin Genie, Nevin said: “Who’s the best pick to be manager? It’s absolutely impossible to tell, and that’s not a cop-out answer in any way whatsoever. I can say who I think, but that won’t be what the owners are looking for.

“You look at managers who have a great vision of the game, understand the type of players to build a squad – that might not be what they want. They seem to be looking for just a coach who will deal with the players and work with who they have brought into the club.

“It’s not right or wrong, just a sign of the times and with this route, the coach just coaches the team. They will be saying: ‘here are your players, now deal with them’.”

And Nevin believes whatever happens at Stamford Bridge, it will be the owners who are to blame for any failure, not Pochettino or any new head coach they bring in next.

He added: “Whoever they bring in as coach, we won’t point at him, we will point at the billion quid they have spent. If it goes wrong, I won’t be pointing at the manager – I will be looking upstairs.

“This still can work, but it’s all about who they bring in next, bringing in somebody who can coach both up and down. This is not a normal situation, but it’s becoming more common – it’s not just Chelsea, Liverpool seem to be bringing in Arne Slot solely as a coach.

“I understand it – these people have come in, bought the club and they think they know best. Indeed, we are going to find out next season whether or not they do know best.”

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