The reasons Thomas Tuchel was sacked as manager of Chelsea have been revealed. Tuchel was shown the exit door after the UEFA Champions League defeat to Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday 6th September 2022.
Although it was not official, the handwriting was on the wall. Futballnews took stock of Thomas Tuchel’s chances of continuing as Chelsea manager immediately after the defeat to Dinamo Zagreb. Chelsea appeared to be struggling, despite Todd Boehly investing £273.5m into the club, with new defenders gulping over £160m.
Heavy summer transfer spending did not translate into on-pitch performance as the Blues conceded goals in their last six competitive matches.
The dismissal of Thomas Tuchel from his job still comes as a surprise to many pundits who believed that Todd Boehly must have taken a knee-jerk decision that may soon backfire. They contend that new signings rarely got settled to be blended and adapted to the Thomas Tuchel style before the sack; the former PSG manager should have been given enough time to see what he could make of the club’s new signings.
Nevertheless, Todd Boehly shocked the world. In a dramatic and shocking statement on the club’s website, the ambitious American investor, who boldly assumed the role of interim sporting director after taking over from Roman Abramovich, announced that Chelsea had parted ways with Thomas Tuchel, thanking him for his achievements with the club since taking over the managerial role in 2021.
Thomas Tuchel’s sack came a few hours after Chelsea lost 1-0 to Croatian giants Dinamo Zagreb. The sack has been directly linked to the Champions League loss, but more detailed discoveries have shown that Tuchel’s sack is unrelated to the UCL loss to Dinamo Zagreb. According to the independent, Todd Boehly sacked Tuchel due to his ‘erratic behavior’ and ‘difficult characteristics.’
Tuchel’s private life was a point of gossip in the Chelsea dressing room. This reportedly posed a challenge to Tuchel’s ability to control the dressing room as his private life changed players’ perspectives of him.
The private life of Thomas Tuchel contributed to the coach’s sack
The root of Thomas Tuchel’s difficult spell with Todd Boehly has been linked to his divorced wife, Sissi. The couple, who were married for 13 years with children, had to file for divorce after close friends of the family confirmed that they had ‘exhausted all avenues’ to reconcile the two. The details of what actually transpired between both of them remain a mystery. A judge at London high court accepted their request, and they officially parted ways in May, 2022.
Tuchel then moves on with his Brazilian girlfriend, Natalie Max. The pair were spotted relaxing on a boat in Sardina and were living in a £20,000-a-night private villa.
Thomas Tuchel’s failed marriage and his new girlfriend have been a subject of gossip among Chelsea players and his back-room staff, making it difficult for him to control the team.
The players are said to have lost faith in Tuchel’s abilities and no longer regarded him as a ‘genius’ that led the club to 2021 Champions League glory.
Tuchel was also deemed to be erratic, frequently changing his mind. A source close to Chelsea disclosed that the German-born coach would say one thing and do the other.
Tuchel’s attitude is reflected in the Blues’ erratic behavior in the transfer market. This made the club’s hierarchy reach a consensus to dismiss him from his role even before the Champions League loss.
Todd Boehly is currently routing for Brighton manager Graham Potter as Tuchel’s successor. Mauricio Pochettino is also on the radar.
Talks are in progress to broker a deal with Brighton, having granted permission for Chelsea to negotiate with Potter. Chelsea are planning to announce a new manager before the Premier League matchday seven encounter against Fulham this weekend.