Thomas Tuchel sacked by Chelsea
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A number of Chelsea players had grown disillusioned with Thomas Tuchel’s style of management before he was relieved of his duties by the Blues on Wednesday morning, according to reports. The German coach was unceremoniously sacked by the club’s new owner, Todd Boehly, just hours after failing to lead his Chelsea players to victory over Dinamo Zagreb in their Champions League group stage opener.
The west Londoners have endured a sub-par start to the new campaign, with Tuchel ultimately being made to pay with his job despite being heavily backed to the tune of over £250million in the summer transfer window. It seems as though discontent was bubbling under the surface at Chelsea during the latter stages of the 49-year-old’s tenure, with several players unhappy over the ways in which they were treated by him, according to The Telegraph.
It is claimed that Tuchel’s popularity nose-dived with a group of Chelsea players who were not impressed with being asked to play out of position on a consistent basis and who also struggled to understand his team selections. A number of squad members had been left out in the peripherals under Tuchel’s management before being introduced back into the fold, only to be dropped again for the next run of matches.
Hakim Ziyech was selected to start in the defeat at Southampton at the end of last month in spite of his desire to leave Chelsea in search of a new challenge over the summer. Christian Pulisic, who has also been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge in recent months, was then called upon to take Ziyech’s place at the next time of asking against West Ham United.
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The atmosphere at Chelsea’s training ground during the final stages of Tuchel’s time in charge was said to have been ‘tense’ as a result of the growing levels of discontent within the squad. It remains to be seen if Boehly’s ruthless decision to sack Tuchel after just seven games of the new season will be vindicated over the coming months, with the American billionaire now on the lookout for the right candidate to lead the Blues into a new era.
Brighton manager Graham Potter is said to have emerged as Chelsea’s top choice after proving his worth in the Premier League over the last few years. He is believed to have a release clause of around £16m written into his contract and Chelsea are expected to approach the Seagulls for permission to speak to the 47-year-old in the coming hours.
However, Potter has already been warned against taking the Chelsea job by former England defender Danny Mills, who believes that he should be careful in spite of the temptation that comes with being targeted by one of the Premier League’s biggest clubs.
“I think it’s a knee-jerk reaction,” Mills told Sky Sports News when quizzed on Tuchel’s sacking. “Why would you let [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang come in? His interviews were all about coming to play for Thomas Tuchel, they have a relationship and that’s why he’s come in.
“If I was Graham Potter, and I know he’s a very good manager, I’d be a little bit wary of going into that. It’s very difficult to turn down because Chelsea are a massive club, it’s a huge step up in terms of where you could go, playing Champions League football.
“But it seems to be a bit of a snake pit at the moment at Chelsea. All those new players coming in, lots of different opinions, the ownership structure, we don’t quite know who’s sitting at the top of that, who’s in charge.”
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