The fans could hang on for a few more days, but the owners couldn’t. Six matches in the league and one match in the Champions League – that’s the last time Chelsea’s new owner Todd Boehly has seen Thomas Tuchel. The German coach, who won the Champions League, was sacked after last night’s defeat to Dinamo Zagreb.
In a statement, the club said, the owners believe now is the time for a change. Tukhel went in the first step of that change, who is coming in his place, that is now the main curiosity at Stamford Bridge. According to sports media ESPN Soccer, Chelsea are eyeing three at the moment. The first is current Brighton coach Graham Potter. The other two are Mauricio Pochettino and Zinedine Zidane who are out of coaching.
Of the three, Potter is the first choice because of his success in the Premier League. The 47-year-old coach has been in charge of Brighton since 2019. Brighton collected 51 points on their way to ninth in the league last year, the club’s highest in league history. The club has maintained its rhythm in the current season as well. They are fourth in the league table with 13 points from 6 games, one of the four wins coming against Manchester United at Old Trafford. No previous Brighton coach has achieved this feat.
Sources say that Chelsea will talk to Brighton about bringing Potter to Stamford Bridge.
Like Pochettino, Zidane is also a ‘free agent’ at the moment. However, it is not clear whether the Frenchman, who won three consecutive Champions Leagues with Real Madrid, will agree to move to the English league.
In the end, whoever the coach is, there is little chance of getting him in the dugout in the next match. In that case, Chelsea will have to settle the match against Fulham in the league on Saturday with someone in charge.