Thomas Tuchel, the German manager of Chelsea, was fired yesterday (7 September). There are rumors that he rejected job offers from two European powerhouses last season, which coincides with his dismissal. Tuchel reportedly decided against leaving Stamford Bridge for Barcelona and Manchester United, according to a report from Jason Burt (via the Telegraph).
The Blues’ last season’s turmoil, which resulted in the team changing ownership as a result of Roman Abramovich’s sanctions, was centered on the German manager. Tuchel served as the club’s spokesperson during this time when Chelsea was also subject to UK government sanctions.
Barcelona was particularly interested in signing the German after Ronald Koeman was fired last season after a string of unsuccessful games at Camp Nou. Tuchel was their top priority in the final months of last year, even though the Blaugrana hierarchy eventually moved for Xavi Hernandez. When the 49-year-old announced his intention to stay at Stamford Bridge, writer Jason Burt noted that Tuchel believed it was his duty to do so.
Manchester United received a comparable response when they sought to hire the former Borussia Dortmund manager earlier this year to take Ralf Rangnick’s place as interim manager. The Stamford Bridge hierarchy was affected by Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine, and Chelsea were going through a difficult time. Due to his sense of obligation, Tuchel decided to stick with the team as a result.
Tuchel’s Chelsea team has only accrued 10 points in its first six Premier League games of the current season. They are currently in sixth place and are having trouble scoring goals. It has also helped that they had a poor start to their Champions League run, losing 0-1 to Dinamo Zagreb on matchday one.
What will Thomas Tuchel, a former manager of Chelsea, do next?
The German manager had trouble adjusting to the new ownership, and the report claims that negotiations for a new contract for Tuchel never materialized. Todd Boehly fired Tuchel after the team’s rocky start to the season and their inability to cooperate during the transfer window.
Before deciding on the next team to manage, according to Burt, Tuchel will take some time off from football. Following earlier interest from clubs like Barcelona, it is anticipated that the German tactician will have no trouble joining one of the European giants.