Thomas Tuchel has reportedly been offered a return to management almost a month after Chelsea gave him the sack.
Tuchel won the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup while Chelsea manager between January 2021 and September this year. Despite all he had done for the club, chairman Todd Boehly let him go recently.
The sacking came the day after Chelsea’s surprise Champions League defeat to Dinamo Zagreb. Reports claim it was also down to his relationship with the new Chelsea owners, which was less than fruitful.
The club sacked Tuchel on September 7 and acted quickly to bring in his replacement. Graham Potter and Mauricio Pochettino were soon linked with the vacant hot seat.
Ultimately, it was Brighton boss Potter who moved to Stamford Bridge, as Chelsea announced his arrival on a five-year contract.
Potter has managed just two matches so far. The team drew with Red Bull Salzburg in his first game in charge, before beating Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Potter can pick up his first Champions League win as Blues boss tomorrow (Wednesday) when his team comes up against AC Milan at home.
While Potter is getting used to life in west London, his predecessor Tuchel is figuring out where to go next in his career.
Thomas Tuchel contacted by German side
Some have suggested the German could take a break from the game after such a taxing time with Chelsea. He has just been offered a return to management, though.
According to German reporter Patrick Berger, who works for Sport1, Bayer Leverkusen have offered Tuchel their head coach position.
Current boss Gerardo Seoane is under pressure from Leverkusen CEO Fernando Carro. This comes after the club picked up just one win out of their first eight Bundesliga matches, leaving them 19th.
When asked about potentially sacking Seoane, the chief said: “We are not unprepared!”
It seems Leverkusen are about to part ways with the 43-year-old. And they have lined up Tuchel as his potential replacement.
Carro has been in contact with Tuchel and his agent over a potential switch to the BayArena. It would be an exciting move for Tuchel given Leverkusen’s history as DFB-Pokal and UEFA Cup winners, while they are also in this season’s Champions League.
Manager stance emerges
However, Berger claims the former Chelsea boss has no interest in joining the German outfit. The journalist doesn’t go as far as revealing why this may be.
Perhaps he doesn’t think Leverkusen are a big enough club to match his ambitions. Tuchel has been in charge of Dortmund, PSG and Chelsea during his career, and Leverkusen are a step below this.
Another factor to consider is Leverkusen’s poor start to the new campaign. Admittedly, we are only eight league games in, but perhaps Tuchel feels the Leverkusen squad isn’t good enough to achieve their goal of Champions League qualification.
It will be intriguing to see where Tuchel ends up. He did brilliantly at Chelsea to take them from a precarious position under Frank Lampard to European champions months later.
Tuchel also handled the difficult moments well, including Roman Abramovich’s exit and the takeover. He definitely deserves a big role once he decides to get back into coaching.