Ralf Rangnick has explained why he turned down the managerial offer from Chelsea and why he thinks Thomas Tuchel was the right appointment.
Following Frank Lampard’s departure, a report from The Athletic said that Chelsea considered two alternative options; Ralf Rangnick and Julian Nagelsmann before eventually appointing Tuchel.
Apparently, Chelsea already made an offer to Rangnick, although it was not an offer he could accept, the German admitted.
“I said [to Chelsea], ‘I would love to come and work with you, but I cannot do it for four months. I am not an interim coach,’ Rangnick told The Times.
“To the media and players, you would be the ‘four-month manager’, a lame duck, from day one.”
But Rangnick was not disappointed because it was clear that the manager that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich wanted was his former protegee, Tuchel.
Tuchel played under Rangnick at Ulm before he had to retire early due to knee problems.
Rangnick was the one who gave Tuchel the job as a youth coach for Stuttgart U15s.
“He didn’t even intend being a coach, he was working at a bar in Stuttgart,” he added.
“If you watch Chelsea now you see a mutual plan for when they have the ball or the other team have the ball.
“Thomas is tactically on a very sophisticated level.
“Appointing him was a top solution. I can only congratulate Thomas and Chelsea for the choice.”
Tuchel previously admitted that joining a new club mid-season is a new experience for him (Chelsea’s official YouTube channel) and he was not sure what to expect.
Therefore, it makes sense that Chelsea were looking for a more experienced coach as an interim before Tuchel could join.
But most Chelsea fans would say that they are happy with Tuchel’s appointment considering the recent good results.
While it puts more pressure on Tuchel, having to finish the season well, these extra months will give him more time to prepare for the new season as well.