Tuchel’s dismissal was probably not just about sport
Thomas Tuchel’s relationship with the club leadership is once again fatal at Chelsea. His opinion of Cristiano Ronaldo is said to have played a decisive role in the dismissal. A successor has already been found.
BAt Chelsea, according to a media report, there were differences of opinion between the coach Thomas Tuchel, who was on leave, and the club management because of an allegedly possible commitment by Cristiano Ronaldo. Chelsea owner Todd Boehly had met with representatives of Ronaldo, who continues to play at Manchester United.
As the “Telegraph” reports, Boehly is said to have seriously considered a commitment, but the coach strictly refused. It was said that Tuchel had to explain his reasons to Boehly and was upset about it. “He’s destroying my team,” said Tuchel, according to “Bild” information, as an argument against buying Ronaldo.
Chelsea surprisingly parted ways with Tuchel on Wednesday after the Blues lost 1-0 in the Champions League at Dynamo Zagreb on Tuesday. According to media reports, the reason for the separation is not the mixed start to the season, but Tuchel’s tense relationship with the club management and some players.
Reluctance on WhatsApp
In a WhatsApp group of Chelsea bosses, Tuchel held back, just like when hiring a new sports director. The club’s transfer policy is said to have led to tensions. Homegrown Armando Broja actually wanted to get rid of Tuchel, according to a report in the Guardian, but he was given a new six-year contract. Additions like the 65 million euro Marc Cucurella should not necessarily have been on Tuchel’s wish list.
Even at Borussia Dortmund and Paris St. Germain, Tuchel had been dismissed despite good work on a sporting level. At BVB there was a break with managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke, at PSG he stumbled over a tense relationship with the then sports director Leonardo.
Tuchel’s contract in London was valid until the summer of 2024. In a year and a half he won the Champions League, the Supercup and the Club World Cup with Chelsea. He also led the Blues to the FA Cup final twice.
Potter shall take over
According to media reports, Chelsea found a successor just one day after the breakup. The Londoners should agree with the British Graham Potter. The 47-year-old, who is currently still under contract as a coach at Premier League rivals Brighton & Hove Albion, traveled to London for talks on Wednesday after his previous employer had given the green light.
Potter has been the coach of the “Seagulls” since 2019, who are currently two places and three points ahead of Chelsea in the table. The former Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion professional had previously coached Swedish club Östersunds FK for seven years. He was Swansea City manager from 2018 to 2019. Following Potter’s verbal commitment, Chelsea have yet to agree terms with Brighton. According to information from the “Mirror”, the transfer fee for the desired coach is around 23 million euros.