Report: Chelsea owners convinced next manager would be able to do what Tuchel couldn't

New Chelsea owners had considered sacking Thomas Tuchel for a while and the decision was not a knee-jerk reaction to Tuesday’s shock defeat to Dinamo Zagreb, according to Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol.

In an official statement, Chelsea stated that the new owners “believe it is the right time to make this transition”.

The Blues have started the season poorly and there has been very little evidence of improvements in the last weeks.

According to Solhekol, the new owners even felt that Tuchel had a hard time identifying the problems.

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“There have been difficulties and strains over the relationship between Tuchel and the owners,” the journalist told Sky Sports (via Football Daily).

“At the start, when the owners came in, they had a great relationship with Tuchel.

“But over the weeks and months at the start of the season, it has become more difficult.

“After Chelsea games, Tuchel would normally speak and brief [the owners] on his thoughts about the performance and the result.

“There was just a feeling among the Chelsea owners that they weren’t getting adequate explanations about what was going wrong.

“Maybe Tuchel wasn’t making it clear what the problems were.”

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Solhekol highlighted that after their big investment in the summer transfer window, the owners expected results.

“As far as they’re concerned, they have bought very, very good players,” he explained.

“They’re convinced that the next manager they appoint would get even more out of [the new signings] than Tuchel was getting them.”

Reports suggest that Chelsea owners have already drawn up a list of potential candidates to replace Tuchel which includes, Brighton’s Graham Potter, Mauricio Pochettino, and Zinedine Zidane.

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