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Premier League boss expresses surprise at Pochettino exit

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Wolves manager Gary O’Neil has expressed his surprise at Mauricio Pochettino’s exit from Chelsea.

Pochettino has left Chelsea by mutual consent following an end-of-season review with the club’s hierarchy, following a sixth-placed finish in the Premier League.

Chelsea endured a tough start to the campaign, though ended the season in impressive form with five consecutive league wins to secure European qualification.

O’Neil said he was ‘really surprised’ by the decision for Pochettino to leave Stamford Bridge.

“Really, really surprised. Especially the way they ended the season I thought they looked like a good side,” he said to Sky Sports.

“You talk about tough jobs and what I walked into at Wolves but he walked into an incredibly tough changing room with so many players that had been signed and had to keep them all united.

“It was obviously going to take time and you saw them starting to gain momentum. But yeah, really good manager, really good club. It’s a special club Chelsea, one of the biggest in London, I’m sure they’ll find a good replacement and I expect Chelsea to be very strong next year.

“And I expect Mauricio to find another good job and show what a great manager he is.”

Read – Chelsea line up four potential managers as Pochettino sacked

See more – Pochettino leaves Chelsea by mutual consent

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