Chelsea sack Thomas Tuchel LIVE: Potter, Pochettino and Zidane favorites to be next manager

Pressure is on me – Tuchel

Chelsea have sacked Thomas Tuchel after a 1-0 Champions League defeat by Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday. The club will now open talks with Brighton manager Graham Potter.

Tuchel led the Blues to their second Champions League triumph of 2021 but has struggled so far this season, with a third defeat this week after Premier League defeats by Leeds and Southampton.

A club statement on Wednesday morning said: “As the new ownership group marks 100 days since taking over the club and continues their hard work to move the club forward, the new owners believe it is the right time to make this transition . ”

Chelsea have moved quickly and been allowed to open talks with Potter, who has impressed since he took charge at Brighton.

Follow the latest updates as Todd Boehly makes his biggest decision since taking charge at Stamford Bridge. The Blues meet Fulham next on Saturday:


Thomas Tuchel’s departure is a self-inflicted wound following Chelsea’s scattergun spending

Jurgen Klopp has bid farewell to five Chelsea managers, as well as the odd caretaker, during his time at Liverpool, but there were only four as he researched Thomas Tuchel’s legacy. “This Chelsea squad is a gift and I’m pretty sure Thomas sees it that way,” he said in January 2021.

A few weeks later, Chelsea won at Anfield; three months later they won the Champions League. Klopp might have excelled as an analyst, but Tuchel has proven himself an alchemist, beating a group who were ninth when Frank Lampard was released to continental glory.

Now Tuchel has been released. He reached with great speed, but his reign dissipated just as quickly. His successor may regard the cadre bequeathed to him as a gift; for Tuchel it looked like an expensive mess. Tuchel thrived with other managers’ players and failed with his own, albeit in a small sample size. Chelsea spent around £260m to deteriorate this summer; probably to get into a crisis within seven games.


Why does Chelsea want Potter?

It is believed that Chelsea are looking for a long-term manager who will transform the club’s culture and focus on the development of all players in the squad.

Graham Potter can work within complicated football structures and tends to bring out the best in players who rely on his methodology.

This summer Brighton sold Marc Cucurella to Chelsea and Yves Bissouma to Tottenham and spent significantly less on replacements but despite the spending the team have continued to improve.

Potter’s side also play an attractive style of football that may have drawn the eyes of Chelsea decision-makers.


Chelsea fear Tuchel has ‘lost his spark’

Sky Sports reporter Rob Dorsett says one of the reasons behind Thomas Tuchel’s sacking is that he has lost the trust of some of the club’s bosses, as well as some older players.

Speaking to Sky Sports news, Dorsett said: “To my knowledge Chelsea bosses and some of the older players were concerned that the spark had run out from Thomas Tuchel and that he was not communicating as well as he had previously the past.

“Recent results – not just this season but stretching back to last season – have been a cause for concern, particularly after Chelsea spent more than £250m in the transfer window.

“They hope they get someone in Graham Potter who will be given the mandate to change the entire football ethos at Chelsea, from the academy to the senior team.

“He will also be heavily involved in recruitment. What Chelsea want is a style of play that fans can support, like the one he so successfully introduced at Brighton.

“It is very clear that unless there is a major hurdle, Potter is very likely to be the new Chelsea manager.”


Next Chelsea manager: Jose Mourinho?

Fired from Chelsea midway through the 2015/16 season when the club’s title defenses spectacularly imploded, Jose Mourinho is still a club legend, despite taking jobs at Manchester United and Tottenham since then. Could there be a third term at Chelsea?

Never rule out anything at Stamford Bridge.



Next Chelsea manager: Diego Simeone?

He is one of Europe’s most respected coaches and one who would bring a distinctive style to Chelsea. Simeone has guided Atletico Madrid to two LaLiga titles and guided the club to the brink of Champions League glory.

There are also signs his time at Atletico has peaked and he was linked with the job at Manchester United last year before Erik ten Hag took over.

This would be a difficult appointment to get over the line and it may not be what Chelsea are looking for.

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Next Chelsea manager: Brendan Rodgers?

The Leicester manager was a candidate to succeed Frank Lampard ahead of Thomas Tuchel’s appointment in early 2021 and appears unhappy after the club’s poor transfer window at King Power.

Despite Leicester bottoming out in the Premier League, Rodgers – a former Chelsea manager – remains highly regarded and the Foxes beat Chelsea to win the FA Cup in Tuchel’s first season.

Given Leicester’s league position it would be a bold move and could anger fans, but Rodgers is a proven manager and given time in the role he would mold Chelsea into a formidable side.

Would the new owners be willing to give Rodgers the time?

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Graham Potter on Chelsea ‘moves at pace’ as Blues increases interest

Chelsea want to speak to Graham Potter as early as Wednesday night after Brighton and Hove Albion were given permission to do so.

The 47-year-old is of course open to discussion and has a release clause in his contract. This clause also applies to each year of his contract, but it contains some variables and is not as simple as a pure fee.

Because of this, the likely fee would be £16million if a deal were struck.

Brighton have given Potter permission to speak to Chelsea as that is the way they do business and do not try to get in the way of the talks taking place.


Potter’s Brighton record

Graham Potter was brought to Brighton in 2019 to bring more flair and attacking football to the club following the departure of Chris Houghton.

The Seagulls have struggled for goals at times but this season they have played incredible football – the culmination of Potter’s three-year influence – and sit fourth in the Premier League after the first six games.

Since taking charge at Brighton, Potter has officiated 120 games, recording 34 wins, 44 draws and 42 losses. During that time, Brighton have scored 133 goals and conceded 149.

Are these results good enough to give him a chance at Chelsea?


Mac Allister wants Potter to stay in Brighton

Brighton striker Alexis Mac Allister was asked if the Chelsea issue had arisen with current boss Graham Potter being touted as a possible replacement for the sacked Thomes Tuchel.

“I don’t know anything,” said the midfielder. “We didn’t talk about any situation. The boss is very important to us, we want him to be with us for a long time.

“For sure [he is among the elite coaches in world football]he will be a great coach, hopefully he will stay here for life but at the same time we know it will be difficult but he is really important for us as a club.”

When asked how Brighton would adjust to life without Potter, Mac Allister continued: “To be honest I’d rather not think about it.

“Graham is really important to us and we don’t think about the future. We’re thinking about the present and he’s here now and we know we have an important game to play at the weekend. We want the coaching staff to help us win this game.”


Next Chelsea manager: Zinedine Zidane?

The former Real Madrid manager has been linked with the PSG job following the departure of Mauricio Pochettino and has still not taken on another role after leaving the Bernabeu at the end of his second spell in 2021.

Zidane has one of the most impressive managerial résumés, having won three straight Champions League titles at Real Madrid, but it’s unclear which direction Chelsea wants to take.

You may decide to hire a manager with long-term goals. The other obstacle appears to be Zidane’s desire to persevere for the France national team job rather than return to club football.

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