Report: Sources share how Tuchel's relationship with the Chelsea directors compares to recent managers
None of Chelsea’s recent managers have enjoyed such a strong relationship with the club’s directors like Thomas Tuchel.
This is according to sources at the BBC, who claim Tuchel’s connection to the chain of command tops any of those have come before him in the past few years.
Abramovich not standing on ceremony
The powers above at Stamford Bridge are rarely given a chance to get to know the man below them before another takes their place.
Roman Abramovich has replaced and recycled more coaches since his takeover than Tottenham Hotspur’s top-four finishes.
His demands are pretty simple; win silverware or else you will get the chop.
However, even this large requirement has the small print below that generally trips up the contestants.
Premier League or nothing
Above all else, failure to clinch ultimate Premier League glory usually gives Abramovich the perfect excuse to execute another pitch side boss.
Antonio Conte won the FA Cup but not the league in 2017/18; sacked.
Maurizio Sarri won the Europa League but not the league in 2018/19; sacked.
Jose Mourinho, Roberto Di Mateo and Frank Lampard were all removed partway through the season, as their top-flight challenge took a stumble.
Pleasing the hierarchy is no easy task, no matter your status or legacy within the organisation, as each of the three names just mentioned found out.
Yet, it seems Tuchel has managed – for now – to turn this pattern around.
Tuchel a sweet talker
He apparently gets on well with Marina Granovskaia, pretty much second in command to Abramovich, and performance advisor Petr Cech.
Both hold significant power at Chelsea, meaning keeping them as allies is a smart move.
Guiding the team to Champions League glory, along with UEFA Super Cup success and two other finals should’ve put some credit into the German’s bank.
But as fans know all too well, this often isn’t enough to keep a job in South West London.
On his one-year anniversary at the helm, we hope Tuchel’s has the backing of the board for at least another 12 months.