CHELSEA boss Mauricio Pochettino has left his role by mutual consent, just days after ending their season with victory over Cherries.

The 52-year-old Argentinian, who had only been in the job for 11 months, guided Chelsea to a sixth-placed finish in the Premier League this season, ending with a run of five successive wins.

That culminated in beating Cherries 2-1 at Stamford Bridge, thanks to goals from Moises Caicedo and Raheem Sterling, with the mood seemingly positive at the weekend.

Chelsea said in a statement: “Chelsea FC can confirm that the club and Mauricio Pochettino have mutually agreed to part ways.”

The club’s sporting directors Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley added: “On behalf of everyone at Chelsea, we would like to express our gratitude to Mauricio for his service this season.

“He will be welcome back to Stamford Bridge any time and we wish him all the very best in his future coaching career.”

Former Tottenham and Paris St Germain manager Pochettino, who signed a two-year deal in May last year, said: “Thank you to the Chelsea ownership group and sporting directors for the opportunity to be part of this football club’s history.

“The club is now well positioned to keep moving forward in the Premier League and Europe in the years to come.”

Pochettino’s backroom team of Jesus Perez, Miguel d’Agostino, Toni Jimenez and son Sebastiano Pochettino have also departed Stamford Bridge.

The likes of Ipswich’s Kieran McKenna, Leicester’s Enzo Maresca, Stuttgart’s Sebastian Hoeness and Girona boss Michel are reportedly on the Blues’ list of possible replacements for Pochettino.