It took just seven games to confirm that Chelsea’s relentless pursuit of success continues, even if they may be new owners.
Thomas Tuchel this week became the latest in a long list of managers to land a job at Stamford Bridge – just months after Todd Boehly’s spell at the club. The German was sacked after an inconsistent start to the new season, with Graham Potter quickly appointed in his place.
And Boehly has come under fire for his decision to sack Tuchel, while Boehly’s talks with other managerial candidates have now also emerged. With home games postponed, Chelsea will have to wait to see Potter’s team in action. Meanwhile, Mirror Football brings you the latest headlines from across the club.
It’s fair to say Chelsea’s decision to sack Thomas Tuchel has divided opinion, with many feeling the manager who led them to the 2020 Champions League deserved more time. Mainz sporting director Christian Heidel is certainly in that camp and hit out at Bohely for what he described as an “investor decision” made by someone who “has no idea about football”.
“The dismissal is a windfall for those who are against investors in football. It was purely an investor’s decision,” Heidel told German newspaper BILD about Tuchel’s dismissal. “Someone who has no idea about football must have thought sixth place wasn’t enough for him.”
It took less than 36 hours for the Chelsea hierarchy to replace Tuchel, with Brighton manager Graham Potter signing a five-year deal on Thursday. But he is now believed to have been one of three coaches interviewed in what has been a whirlwind recruitment drive.
According to reports in Portugal, Chelsea contacted Sporting Lisbon coach Ruben Amorim in the days before Tuchel’s departure. Amorim is highly rated but has made it clear he is happy at the Portuguese giants.
Mauricio Pochettino was another high caliber candidate that Boehly is said to have sounded out. The Argentine coach has been out of work since leaving Paris Saint-Germain last summer and is reportedly waiting for the right opportunity to return to football.
Few would argue that the opening month of the season has been eye-opening as to where Chelsea fit into the bigger picture of the Premier League. Even before the start of the campaign, there were concerns about several areas within the squad – concerns that have only increased under Tuchel.
And Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has clearly seen enough to now predict that the Blues will be out of the top four next May. He said before the season: “Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea finished in the top three in any order and I would be shocked if anything more happened.”
But he now believes the Champions League places will consist of “Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal in any order.”