The partnership between Todd Boehly and Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea lasted just 100 days. Now the Blues are without a coach and the German coach is out of a job. What was behind this decision and who will take his place on the bench of the London team?
For most of the football public, Tuchel’s sacking was a very unexpected move, but it seems not to be an impulsive decision on the part of Todd Boehly.
The new owner of the club wants to build a successful team in Chelsea, which will consist of a permanent skeleton of key players under the leadership of a coach who will be in charge of this project in the long term.
For example, in the LA Dodgers, which Boehly also owns, coach Dave Roberts has been working for 7 years. And very likely he will add some more years.
Tuchel was originally supposed to be the one who will work at Chelsea for a similar length of time, but that will not happen. His behavior recently did not convince Boehly that he is the right coach with whom he can work successfully in the long term.
The German tactician, who won the Champions League in 2021 with Chelsea, likes to take it easy on his work and solve football problems, but Boehly has demanded that he work more closely with management and be more involved in club affairs, such as the selection of a new sporting director.
In short, the new management wants an environment where everyone in the club works very closely together, and Thomas Tuchel does not seem to fit into such an environment.
Lately, the former Blues coach has not even had an ideal relationship with some players. They should have been dissatisfied with the line-up selections and the positions in which Tuchel placed them. And it had a noticeable effect on the performances of such Pulisić or Ziyech.
Whether Tuchel’s dismissal is a good move remains to be seen, but he is one of the best coaches in the world and was very popular among the club’s fans, so his successor will not have an easy time. And who will it be anyway?
The main candidate is to be Graham Potter from Brighton, one of the best English managers, who has already gained experience in the Premier League with the Seagulls. His involvement in a top club is only a matter of time.
However, it is not certain whether he will want to leave Brighton during a well-started season. In addition, he has a contract with the club until 2025 and his arrival would not be cheap.
Boehly is also planning meetings with Mauricio Pochettino and Zinedine Zidane, who are currently out of work. Brendan Rodgers and Diego Simeone are also mentioned (though less likely).
The next match awaits Chelsea on Saturday at Fulham, where the team will try to put the defeat against Dinamo Zagreb behind them and follow up on the league win over West Ham.