Norwich’s brutal Daniel Farke sacking could be great news for Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel
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Despite initial feelings of compassion for his German counterpart, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel may eventually embrace a clear element of good news which is likely to come with Norwich City’s brutal decision to part company with manager Daniel Farke. The Canaries hierarchy made the call shortly after Farke had led the side to their first Premier League win of the season against Brentford on Saturday.
Chelsea endured a less than straightforward Saturday afternoon against Burnley, with the Clarets earning a surprise 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues held on to their position at the top of the Premier League table, however, retaining a three-point lead over Manchester City.
Meanwhile, after what had been a dismal start to the campaign, even victory over Brentford could not lift Norwich off the foot of the table given it was their first win of the season.
With Premier League safety clearly on their mind, the Canaries called it quits on Saturday evening to signal a new beginning.
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That much could also be true for Chelsea loanee Billy Gilmour, who had broadly been overlooked by Farke during his loan spell at Carrow Road.
Just six appearances in all competitions this term is not exactly what Tuchel or the youngster had in mind, with top-level experience undoubtedly high on the Scot’s priority list.
Against Brentford, the 20-year-old was once again left untouched on the bench to the frustration of keen Blues fans keeping tabs on Gilmour’s progress.
The loan star is set to have a fresh chance to make a good first impression on whoever takes Farke’s place, so that he can return to Chelsea and hit the ground running next season.
The likes of Chris Wilder, John Terry and Lucien Favre are all supposedly in the running for the hotseat, which has barely had a chance to cool down after Farke’s dismissal.
Gilmour, who is highly rated by the Chelsea faithful, was given his debut by Frank Lampard in 2019 and appeared in the top-flight three times last campaign under Tuchel.
With the Blues’ midfield clogged up by the likes of N’Golo Kante and Jorginho, both on the Ballon d’Or shortlist, it was seen as essential that the Scottish international found a temporary home to continue his development.
It recently emerged, as reported by The Athletic, that Tuchel had been in touch with Farke over Gilmour’s lack of action.
“We will take the decision [on whether to recall him] in January. That’s when decisions have to be made, not now,” said the Chelsea boss.
“I spoke with Daniel about it and I was happy to meet with Billy around the [Norwich] match.
“The things were clear when we decided together [in the summer], that he was looking for more minutes and game time at another club.
“The challenge was clear that he has to fight his way through. This is where it is right now.
“Things are not going as he maybe wishes and what we all wish for. But it is not the moment to give solutions and cancel a whole project.”
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