Reasons beyond the obvious loss of form on the pitch have been put forward by an eye-opening report that has explained Chelsea’s sacking of Thomas Tuchel.
The German’s time at Stamford Bridge has come to an end at the 100-game mark. Tuchel leaves the Blues just 15 months after guiding them to only their second-ever Champions League title.
He also managed Chelsea to both the FA Cup and League Cup finals last year, though both ended in defeat at the hands of Liverpool.
Brighton’s Graham Potter is the early favourite to succeed the German. Part-owner Todd Boehly has already been granted permission to speak with the Englishman and the latest on that situation – including Potter’s buy-out fee – can be found here.
Spanish journalist, Guillem Balague, tweeted part of the reason Chelsea axed Tuchel stemmed from the new ownership’s desire to start afresh. In his words, that meant removing ‘anything Abramovich’ related.
Influential figures Bruce Buck and Marina Granovskaia were let go. Petr Cech later vacated his role behind the scenes.
An eye-opening report form the Telegraph echoes Balague’s sentiments, though offers three further reasons why Tuchel got the boot.
Why was Tuchel sacked?
Firstly, the new Chelsea hierarchy reportedly wanted Tuchel to be more involved within the club aside from just his managerial duties.
Tuchel reportedly tended to keep to himself and discuss team matters only with his close coaching staff. Boehly and his Clearlake partners wanted to create a new culture at the club that involved their manager having a wider impact.
One such example of the new approach would’ve been Tuchel having a say in their search for a new sporting director. However, Tuchel showed little appetite in giving his opinion on the matter.
As such, it’s alleged it became ‘increasingly apparent’ Tuchel was a man for the more detached old regime, not the new, more inclusive one.
Secondly, Tuchel’s popularity with the playing squad had reportedly ‘nose-dived’.
Sections of the squad are understood to have felt they’ve been treated unfairly with regards to heavy rotation in and out of the team. Complaints are also cited regarding the playing of players out of position.
With morale among the squad dropping, it’s claimed Chelsea’s owners had no fear of player backlash if Tuchel was axed.
Cristiano Ronaldo sparked rift between Boehly and Tuchel
Finally, the cracks in Tuchel’s relationship with Boehly reportedly had their origins in the transfer market.
Chelsea emerged as a contender to sign Cristiano Ronaldo mid-way through the window. Boehly was open to the idea and met with Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes.
“Tuchel doesn’t want to sign Ronaldo,” reported Romano. “The only one that could change the situation [for Chelsea] is Tuchel himself.
“Todd Boehly was open to discussions [about signing Ronaldo] but as of today, Tuchel says no, he’s not interested.
“He thinks the Romelu Lukaku deal was a problem for Chelsea from a tactical point of view. He’s got the feeling it could be the same with Ronaldo.
“He wants players that are perfect for his tactical ideas and approach. This is why negotiations between Ronaldo and Chelsea at the moment are completely off.”
The Telegraph add Boehly shocked Tuchel when refusing to take a simple ‘no’ for an answer regarding Ronaldo. The thought of a headline-grabbing move for the 37-year-old clearly appealed far more to Boehly than his manager.
That reportedly left Tuchel feeling ‘exasperated’ at having to explain himself to Boehly.