Report: 'Best manager in the world' open to talks with Chelsea to replace Tuchel
Former Tottenham Hotspur and Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino is among the favourites to replace Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea, according to The Sun.
Following a disappointing start to the season, including Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb, Blues’ ownership group Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital consortium have made the decision to sack Tuchel.
This is obviously a surprise given the German’s big role in the club’s transfer decisions in the summer transfer window, in which the club broke the Premier League spending record after reportedly splashing £255.3million.
“As the new ownership group reaches 100 days since taking over the Club, and as it continues its hard work to take the club forward, the new owners believe it is the right time to make this transition,” the club’s official statement reads.
“Chelsea’s coaching staff will take charge of the team for training and the preparation of our upcoming matches as the club moves swiftly to appoint a new head coach.”
Pochettino reportedly among candidates to replace Tuchela at Chelsea
The Sun claims Chelsea ownership is hoping to open talks with Brighton over hiring Graham Potter to succeed Tuchel.
The English manager, however, is not the only candidate on Chelsea’s shortlist, the report adds.
Chelsea are reportedly considering Pochettino and former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, who are both out of work, as well.
The report mentions that Pochettino, in particular, would be open to talking with Chelsea about taking over at the club.
The Argentine left PSG earlier this year after winning three trophies, including Ligue 1 title, at the club.
The 50-year-old, whom according to Andros Townsend was “the best manager in the world”, also famously led Spurs to the Champions League final in 2019.