According to rumours, some Chelsea players had grown weary of Thomas Tuchel’s managerial approach before the Blues dismissed him of his duties on Wednesday morning. The club’s new owner, Todd Boehly, abruptly fired the German coach a few hours after his Chelsea team lost to Dinamo Zagreb in their Champions League group stage opener.
Tuchel lost his job as a result of the west Londoners’ disappointing start to the new season, despite receiving over £250 million in backing during the summer transfer window. During the final parts of the 49-year-career old’s at Chelsea, it appears that unhappiness was simmering beneath the surface, as numerous players expressed their unhappiness.
According to reports, a handful of Chelsea players who were not pleased with being forced to play out of position on a regular basis and who also found it difficult to comprehend his squad choices caused Tuchel’s popularity to plummet. Under Tuchel’s leadership, a number of team members have been marginalised before being reintroduced, only to be discarded once more for the upcoming slate of games.
Despite his intention to leave Chelsea in the summer in pursuit of a new challenge, Hakim Ziyech was chosen to start in the defeat against Southampton at the end of the previous month. Then, Christian Pulisic, who has recently been linked with a transfer away from Stamford Bridge, was called upon to take Ziyech’s place at the next time of asking against West Ham United.
As the squad’s level of unhappiness grew toward the end of Tuchel’s tenure as manager, the environment at Chelsea’s training facility was reportedly “tense.” The American billionaire is now searching for the ideal candidate to lead the Blues into a new era. It remains to be seen if Boehly’s brutal decision to fire Tuchel after only seven games of the new season will be vindicated over the coming months.
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Graham Potter, the manager of Brighton, is rumoured to have been Chelsea’s top candidate following several seasons of success in the Premier League. He is said to have a release clause in his contract worth about £16 million, and Chelsea is anticipated to ask the Seagulls for authorization to talk with the 47-year-old in the next hours.
Former England defender Danny Mills has already cautioned Potter against accepting the Chelsea position, saying that he should exercise caution despite the temptation that comes with being sought after by one of the Premier League’s top teams.
When asked about Tuchel’s firing by Sky Sports News, Mills responded, “I believe it’s a knee-jerk response.” Why did you permit Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to enter? He only mentioned in his interviews that he was coming to play for Thomas Tuchel because they were dating and that was the reason he arrived.
“I’d be a little bit hesitant to enter there if I were Graham Potter, and I know he’s a really competent manager,” said Graham Potter. Because Chelsea is such a big club and competing in the Champions League is such a tremendous step up, it’s really tough to say no.
But for now, Chelsea looks to be a bit of a snake hole. the ownership structure, the influx of new participants, the diversity of viewpoints, we don’t quite know who’s sitting at the top of that, who’s in charge.”
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