Mauricio Pochettino takes his new job… as Soccer Aid manager! Incoming Chelsea boss is confirmed for the celebrity charity game next month – days before he takes charge at Stamford Bridge
- The Argentine has been named as head coach for Soccer Aid’s World XI team
- Pochettino will take on an England team at the annual charity event in June
- The former Spurs boss is expected to be announced as Chelsea’s new manager
Mauricio Pochettino’s next venture in football management has been confirmed, with the Argentine set to take charge of the World XI team in next month’s Soccer Aid.
The annual charity event takes place at Old Trafford on June 11, and sees a mix of former footballers and celebrities take to the field in a mission to raise money for UNICEF.
Pochettino will take on an England XI side managed by Harry Redknapp and current Chelsea Women’s gaffer Emma Hayes, alongside rapper Stormzy and Line of Duty actress Vicky McClue.
While the World XI already boasted Martin Compston and Robbie Keane as part of their coaching team, they have today confirmed that the former Tottenham manager will be in the dugout next month.
By the time the match takes place, Pochettino could find himself in a coaching position already, as he prepares to take charge of Premier League giants Chelsea.
Mauricio Pochettino is back in football management as the coach of the World XI at Soccer Aid
Soccer Aid announced their new manager on Twitter this morning with a unveiling video
The 51-year-old is expected to sign a three-year deal to succeed Graham Potter as Blues boss, and the formalities on the deal just need to be tied-up before an official announcement is made.
Pochettino is acting without an agent and has negotiated his own contract, so is waiting for the green light from his lawyer before signing the paperwork.
It is understood, the former PSG manager will look to speak with Chelsea interim boss Frank Lampard before he formally takes on the role at the end of the season.
He will bring assistant Jesus Perez with him as well as his usual coaching team but will not start officially in the role until the end of the season.
As he close in on the head coach role at Chelsea, Pochettino is said to be eyeing up targets for next season, with Lautaro Martinez, Alexis Mac Allister and Declan Rice leading the club’s summer shopping list.
Before he can get to grips with Chelsea’s squad however, Pochettino will be working with a host of famous names for Soccer Aid clash, which include football legends such as Gabriel Batistuta, Roberto Carlos and Francesco Totti.
As well as the international icons, the World XI squad sees celebrities such as Usain Bolt, Tommy Fury and comedians Mo Gilligan and Maisie Adam.
UFC welterweight champion Leon Edwards was also recently confirmed as the starting goalkeeper for the World XI at Old Trafford.
The World XI won last year’s event and have a 6-5 winning record over England since 2006
Emma Hayes will be in the opposing dugout alongside Harry Redknapp for the England side
The World XI includes a mix of football legends and celebs, including retired athlete Usain Bolt
They will be facing an England team that have recruited Euro 2022 winner Jill Scott along with Jermain Defoe, Jack Wilshere and Gary Neville.
Alongside them, famous faces including Mo Farah, Danny Dyer and Liam Payne will be pulling on the Three Lions shirt.
Last year the World XI beat England 4-1 in a penalty shootout after a 2-2 draw at the London Stadium – with Lee Mack scoring the deciding penalty for the second year in row.
It meant that the World XI now have a 6-5 advantage over England since the inaugural event, brainchild of singer Robbie Williams, was launched in 2006.