Mauricio Pochettino is set to return as manager at Old Trafford and prepare for the job at Chelsea
MAURICIO POCHETTINO’s return to coaching will be at Manchester United rather than Chelsea when he oversees the world squad at Soccer Aid.
Pochettino is due to officially start work at Chelsea on July 1 but before that he will referee the UNICEF charity game against England at Old Trafford on June 11.
Pochettino, 51, said: “It’s a real pleasure to be part of a game that represents a major cultural moment in this country’s annual calendar – and rightly so, as it raises so much money for Unicef.”
“I love English football stadiums, the passion the fans have for the game and the atmosphere they create so it will be great to feel that again next month.”
Pochettino will coach former Argentina team-mates Gabriel Batistuta and Hernan Crespo at Old Trafford.
World’s fastest man Usain Bolt will captain a side that includes the likes of Francesco Totti and former Manchester United stars Patrice Evra and Nani.
Pochettino is finalizing the details of a three-year deal to succeed Chelsea caretaker manager Frank Lampard at the end of this season.
The former Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain manager has been out of a job since being sacked by the French giants last July.
Pochettino is believed to have impressed Chelsea owner Todd Boehly with his dedication to working with youngsters.
This comes after the Blues have spent over £600million since Boehly replaced Roman Abramovich last year.
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And the former Tottenham manager has identified players like £88m winger Mykhailo Mudryk and academy defender Levi Colwill as integral to his vision.
The Argentinian tactician will also officiate a huge sell-off as Chelsea currently boast well over 30 first-team stars.
And there could even be fresh chances for flops like Romelu Lukaku, who could be the answer to the west Londoners’ problems in attack.
England vs Soccer Aid World XI FC takes place on Sunday 11 June. Tickets for the game are on sale: www.socceraid.org.uk/tickets