Thomas Tuchel was fired as Chelsea manager following a poor start to the 2022-23 season, but the German won’t be short of cash now that he’s out of work.
After being fired by Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel will reportedly get a whopping £13 million payment.
The 49-year-old coach was fired in a scathing manner by new Blues owner Todd Boehly, similar of how former owner Roman Abramovich viciously fired managers throughout his reign. Tuchel’s exit comes after guiding Chelsea to three wins in their first seven games this season, following a summer of upheaval and uncertainty at Stamford Bridge.
The German’s career was ended by a 1-0 defeat away to Dinamo Zagreb in their Champions League group-stage opening on Tuesday. After firing the trigger, Boehly worked rapidly to locate a replacement, and the American entrepreneur has already been granted permission to meet with Brighton’s leader, Graham Potter.
The Englishman’s possible successor, on the other hand, will not be out of money and unemployed. According to the Daily Mail, Tuchel will be paid £13 million for leaving the Stamford Bridge dugout, while his coaching staff will be paid a total of £2 million.
The Blues’ new hierarchy, led by Boehly, has only been in place for 100 days, but they’ve already made an early power move by delegating Tuchel’s tasks. Tensions are said to have been increasing behind the scenes since the club’s £4.25 billion takeover in May, as a number of figures with whom Tuchel had good connections left.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager was involved in the quest for new players during a £270 million summer shopping spree as Boehly designated himself as the club’s temporary sporting director following the departure of former transfer chief Marina Granovskaia, Abramovich’s loyal adviser.
Tuchel publicly stated that he disliked the off-field role and preferred to focus his energies on coaching. But, after the dreadful loss to Zagreb, he’d soon be denied both. According to the Sun, Chelsea’s now-former manager unexpectedly showed up at the club’s Cobham training base on Wednesday morning for a post-mortem on the Blues’ dreadful trip to Croatia.
However, no one greeted him, and Tuchel was instead summoned to a conference call with his bosses. During the 10-minute call, the under-fire gaffer is claimed to have appealed for his job to be saved, but Boehly and company had already made their decision, and Tuchel was told to pack his belongings.
The harsh dismissal comes less than a month after Tuchel acknowledged reports that he was in contract talks. Instead, the board has terminated his existing contract, which was slated to expire at the conclusion of the season.
He’ll get his £13 million-a-year pay sooner than he expected after leading Chelsea to European and global titles since taking over for Blues icon Frank Lampard 21 months ago. Tuchel will depart West London knowing that he has won 60 of his 100 games as manager and that he will not be short of job offers in the near future.