Thomas Tuchel faces potential Brexit disruption with UK stay in limbo

Chelsea fans react to Thomas Tuchel sacking

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Thomas Tuchel is still waiting to find out when he might be required to leave the United Kingdom after being sacked from his previous role as manager of Chelsea earlier this month, according to reports. The 49-year-old was relieved of his duties by Blues owner Todd Boehly after a sub-par start to the new campaign, with Graham Potter replacing him at Stamford Bridge just one day later.

Tuchel is still living near Chelsea’s training ground in Cobham and was spotted in London earlier this week, while his daughters are still attending school in Surrey as things stand. However, it seems as though Tuchel may be forced to leave the UK at some point in the not-too-distant future after being left in post-Brexit visa limbo as a result of his recent sacking.

He is still waiting to learn more about his ability to remain in the country after arriving on a Governing Body Endorsement visa when he joined Chelsea at the start of last year, according to The Telegraph. He is thought to have a maximum of 90 days since his departure from the Blues to stay in the UK, but this is yet to be officially confirmed by the FA.

Tuchel previously spent a year in Dortmund after leaving Borussia Dortmund back in 2017 and took a similar 12-month break following his exit from Mainz three years earlier. He is still believed to be weighing up his options regarding his eligibility to stay in the UK but is unable to make any firm plans in the meantime as he awaits his fate.

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A representative for Tuchel was quoted as saying: “We will act in accordance with UK rules and adapt all future plans. Final decisions are not made yet.”

Meanwhile, it remains to be seen whether Tuchel will be able to move quickly back into management in the wake of his sacking from Chelsea at the start of this month. He is said to favour a speedy return to the dugout but is still undecided over whether he wants to return to Germany, wait for a Premier League job or look at offers from elsewhere in Europe.

Tuchel was among the first foreign coaches to move to the UK after the implementation of post-Brexit regulations, with Chelsea being forced to make a special application in order to allow his backroom staff to travel with him. He released a statement in the wake of his departure from Stamford Bridge to outline his surprise at being axed just six days after the end of the summer transfer window, during which he was backed by Chelsea to the tune of more than £250million.

“I am devastated that my time at Chelsea has come to an end,” said Tuchel on Twitter. “This is a club where I felt at home, both professionally and personally. Thank you so much to all the staff, the players and the supporters for making me feel very welcome from the start.

“The pride and joy I felt at helping the team to win the Champions League and the Club World Cup will stay with me forever. I am honoured to have been a part of this club’s history and the memories of the last 19 months will always have a special place in my heart.”

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