Chelsea owner Todd Boehly cited the lack of a “shared vision” behind the sacking of Thomas Tuchel.
The American shocked the footballing world when he dismissed the Blues boss barely 18 months after he guided the west Londoners to the Champions League title. His dismissal also proceeded a £272million summer transfer splurge that saw the likes of Wesley Fofana, Raheem Sterling, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and many more join the club.
In the end, this did not save the former Paris Saint-Germain manager from the axe, as Boehly opted to sack the German less than 24 hours after their 1-0 Champions League defeat away to Dinamo Zagreb. However, Boehly insisted the chastening defeat in Croatia did not influence his decision to part with Tuchel.
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“I think Tuchel is obviously extremely talented,” Boehly began saying at the SALT conference in New York, as quoted by the London Evening Standard. “He is someone who has had great success at Chelsea. Our vision for the club was to find a manager who really wanted to collaborate with us.
“There’s a lot of walls to break down at Chelsea. Before, the first team and the academy didn’t really share data or a lot of information about where the top players were coming from. Our goal is to really bring the first team and academy together.
“The reality of the decision was that we weren’t sure that Thomas saw it the same way that we saw it. No one is right or wrong, we just didn’t have a shared vision for the future. It wasn’t about Zagreb.
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“It was about a shared vision of what we wanted Chelsea Football Club to look like. It wasn’t a decision that was made as a result of a single win or loss. It was a decision about what we thought was the right vision for the club.”
Chelsea recently named Brighton and Hove Albion manager Graham Potter as the club’s next boss and the first permanently appointed manager of the Boehly era. The Englishman’s intricate passing football appealed to the club’s new ownership, who wasted little time in bringing him to Stamford Bridge.
Potter will take charge of his first Chelsea match this evening, as the Blues will line-up to face RB Salzburg in the Champions League group stages.
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