CHELSEA FOOTBALL CLUB FIRES MANAGER, TUCHEL SEARCHES REPLACEMENT.
Written by AIGBOKHAEBHO OKHUELEIGBE on September 7, 2022
Chelsea Football Club have this morning parted ways with Manager, Thomas Tuchel. The London club’s new owners fired their head coach Tuchel, just three months after completing their takeover of the club.
Tuchel was appointed as Frank Lampard’s successor in January 2021 and guided Chelsea to their second Champions League crown later in May that year.
The former PSG Head Coach also led the Blues to their Club World Cup triumph in Abu Dhabi in February this year, defeating Brazilian Club Palmeiras, to win the only trophy that seems to be missing from Roman Abramovich 19 year reign.
Tuchel’s 100th and final game in charge of Chelsea was Tuesday’s 1:0 defeat in Zagreb. A match that saw the German tactician’s boys deliver a below-par performance in front of the Dinamo Zagreb home crowd to begin their Group E Champions League campaign on a poor note.
Chelsea was one of the busiest European clubs in the just concluded football transfer window.
A consortium led by L.A. Dodgers co-owner Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital acquired the club from Roman Abramovich at the end of May and oversaw a record-spend in a single window for Chelsea of more than £250 million on nine players.
Sources have claimed that relations between Boehly and Tuchel became strained over the club’s transfer strategy, while further concerns over the team’s substandard start to the season precipitated the action by club owners.
Members of the club’s backroom staff will take interim charge, possibly also for Saturday’s Premier League game at close neighbours, Fulham, the Club Statement confirms;
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 during 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.
There will be no further comment until a new head coach appointment is made.
There have been reports of Football Managers already being touted to take over the reims, Brighton And Hove Albion manager, Graham Potter has been mentioned as a top target, with the East Sussex club’s statement confirming the Manager has been given the green light to speak with the London club.
Former Tottenham and PSG Coach Mauricio Pochettino and former Real Madrid Manager, Zinedine Zidane are some of the names believed to be in the race.