Different owner, same old Chelsea – Tuchel gets the sack after slow start to season
Barely a month into the new season, Chelsea have decided to fire Thomas Tuchel, presumably for the crime of leading the Blues to below former English Premier League (EPL) laughing stock Manchester United in the table.
Todd Boehly swung the well-worn axe he found in the boardroom at Stamford Bridge with the faded initials ‘R.A’ on Tuchel today, despite allowing the German to first spend close to £270m (S$437m) on the players he wanted during the summer.
However, Boehly’s patience with Tuchel – who he reportedly clashed with over the club’s transfer priorities during the summer – quickly ran out following a poor run of results which culminated in a 0-1 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League group stages this morning (SGT).
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In a statement released on their website, Chelsea wrote: “On behalf of everyone at Chelsea FC, the club would like to place on record its gratitude to Thomas and his staff for all their efforts during their time with the club. Thomas will rightly have a place in Chelsea's history after winning the Champions League, the Super Cup and Club World Cup in his time here.
“As the new ownership group reaches 100 days since taking over the club, and as it continues its hard work to take the club forward, the new owners believe it is the right time to make this transition.
“Chelsea's coaching staff will take charge of the team for training and the preparation of our upcoming matches as the club moves swiftly to appoint a new head coach.”
It is understood that Boehly has set his sights on Brighton boss Graham Potter to take over as the club’s manager and work on a ‘long-term’ project, which, at Chelsea, effectively means ‘six months or else’.
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Brighton have reportedly granted Chelsea permission to speak to Potter, who is also considering leaving the good thing that he has going at the Seagulls for a job that is as secure as a wet one-ply tissue paper.
Chelsea will next take on high-flying Fulham this Saturday evening.