Another disagreement between Thomas Tuchel and the Chelsea hierarchy has been detailed, this time regarding an aborted £30m West Ham transfer, per a report.
The Blues announced they had sacked Thomas Tuchel on Wednesday morning. The German’s streak in the Stamford Bridge hot seat concluded at the 100-game mark. He left Chelsea having masterminded their march to Champions League glory in 2021. He also managed them to UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup successes.
Brighton’s Graham Potter is on the verge of taking the reins. Indeed, the rising Englishman has verbally agreed to the switch and Chelsea are prepared to pay the £16m it’ll take to prise him away from the AMEX.
Fabrizio Romano gave the impending switch his signature ‘here we go’ confirmation on Twitter. Potter is expected to be in the dugout for Chelsea’s London derby with Fulham on Saturday lunchtime.
The Telegraph were among the first to shed light on precisely what went wrong for Tuchel.
They claimed Chelsea’s early-season struggles were a factor, though were by no means the only reason Todd Boehly and co pulled the trigger.
They reported player morale had nose-dived amid mixed signals from the German. Tuchel was also unreceptive to the idea of taking a wider and more active role within the club that would’ve included responsibilities aside from just managing the team.
Finally, they noted a rift began to brew between Tuchel and Boehly over transfers.
Boehly was open to the idea of signing Man Utd legend Cristiano Ronaldo. Tuchel feared the Portuguese would be Romelu Lukaku 2.0, though was forced into explaining himself to Boehly after the American refused to take no for an answer.
Tuchel undercut over £30m Broja sale
Now, according to the Guardian, there was a similar scenario that unfolded regarding Armando Broja.
It’s stated Tuchel was open to selling the 20-year-old striker, believing him to not be ready for a significant role in his first-team.
West Ham thought otherwise and placed a bid of £30m. That was music to the ears of Tuchel.
However, the club’s hierarchy stood firm and undercut their manager by not only rebuffing the offer, but giving Broja a lucrative new six-year deal less than 24 hours after the transfer window closed.
That upped the pressure on Tuchel to give a player he didn’t deem ready significant minutes.
The Guardian cite a second example of a player Tuchel was open to axing, this time involving Hakim Ziyech.
The Moroccan was in Ajax’s crosshairs as they searched for an Antony replacement. However, the 29-year-old would ultimately be retained against Tuchel’s better judgement.
Will Potter succeed at Chelsea?
Potter is widely regarded as one of the finest young managers England has produced in recent memory.
He has earned rave reviews for the wonders he has worked on the south coast. Indeed, their superb start to the season comes despite losing two of his finest stars in the summer – Marc Cucurella and Yves Bissouma.
Potter is a progressive and forward thinking coach who holds a reputation for bringing the best out of his players. That will be music to the ears of Boehly and co who have invested heavily in youth this summer.
Wesley Fofana is still only 21 despite costing over £70m. Chelsea also forked out £33m on teenage midfielders Carney Chukwuemeka and Cesare Casadei.
Potter has all the tools to succeed at Chelsea, though is lacking in one key area – experience.
The step up from a mid-table team to one where a trophy-less season could spell the sack cannot be overstated. Chelsea’s new owners have already shown they’ll be willing to pull the trigger if things aren’t quite right.
Yet the only way Potter can attain that experience of managing a top six side is to be given the opportunity first.
Chelsea are poised to grant him that chance. The world’s gaze will be upon him at Craven Cottage on Saturday.
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