Chelsea told Tuchel replacement but may have to wait for Postecoglou

Thomas Tuchel sacked by Chelsea

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Chelsea have been told of a shock potential replacement for boss Thomas Tuchel, after sacking the German coach on Wednesday morning. The Blues parted ways with Tuchel after suffering a 1-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb to open their Champions League campaign this season but may be forced to wait six months for their new man.

Chelsea icon Pat Nevin named two potential successors to Tuchel, but co-owner Todd Boehly may not be able to hire one until the second half of the season. “Surprised going towards shocked,” Nevin said as he reacted to Tuchel’s sacking to Off The Ball. “I didn’t think it would happen this quickly, certainly it has been a stinker of a start to the season for Chelsea but you feel his name has been mentioned already [Graham] Potter, [Ange] Postecoglou in six months’ time, but not today.

“It is stunning, so has there been a clash there certainly behind the scenes between the manager and the new ownership? That’ll happen when you get new owners, new ideas. I was covering the Zagreb game for Chelsea TV and my jaw was on the floor.

“There just didn’t seem to be any joined-up thinking and there certainly didn’t seem to be any passion. The manager and the current Premier League and Champions League, you need passion in these players and they weren’t getting it for whatever reason.”

Postecoglou, who took charge of his first-ever Champions League game on Tuesday as his Celtic side were beaten 3-0 by holders Real Madrid, may wish to wait to see how the Scottish side fare in Europe before taking on a potential role elsewhere. The Australian coach has got the best out of Celtic since taking charge last year, while Nevin feels that the Chelsea players stopped playing for Tuchel at the end of his tenure.

“It looked like that, whether they stopped playing for him, the club or themselves,” Nevin added. “We will always aim at the manager when the manager goes, that’s what happens but you get paid a lot of money, go out there and give everything every single game whether you hate the manager or love the manager.

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“I’m not letting people off with that, it may well be he’s certainly not getting the best out of them but if we put that squarely on the manager, I think that’s tough.

“If you look at the game last week, they had five players who had not been at the club last season so it was a massive transitional period that they were going through, which is why I thought that he’d be given a bit more time.

“But when it looks like you haven’t got the team with you in this league and at this level, you don’t wait. ‘We’ll give him a year and see how it works’, that’s not how it works in football and [has] not happened in the history of football.”

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