Chelsea have sacked the man who won them a Champions League following a 1-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb. As always, eyes turn to who is next so let’s take a look at who could be in line to replace Thomas Tuchel in the hot seat.
The Telegraph has named four possible replacements. Brighton & Hove Albion boss Graham Potter is the leading candidate, but the Blues may also try to speak with out-of-work bosses Zinedine Zidane and Mauricio Pochettino. The Telegraph are a lot less sure on this one but they do mention Benfica manager Roger Schmidt as someone who may enter consideration.
Who Could Replace Thomas Tuchel?
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The Englishman began his coaching career in Sweden with Ostersund, where he spearheaded their rise from the fourth division of Swedish football to the top league in the country. He then made the move to Swansea City, where he had enough success in his single season with the team to catch the eyes of Brighton.
As manager of the Seagulls, he survived relegation in two consecutive seasons, achieving record points totals in both campaigns. However, it is his progressive and consistent style of play that could entice Todd Boehly to make a move.
The footballing legend has been out of work since 2021 after spending five years at the helm of Real Madrid. The Frenchman won an incredible three Champions League titles and two league titles during his time managing Los Blancos.
He parted ways with the team after a trophy-less campaign and has yet to return to the dugout.
🔢 Thomas Tuchel’s time at Chelsea:
🏆 Champions League
🏆 UEFA Super Cup
🏆 Club World Cup
🥇 UEFA Coach of the Year 2021
🥈 FA Cup Finalist
🥈 League Cup Finalist
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Despite coming off a less than stellar stint with Paris Saint-Germain, Pochettino has quite the reputation amongst Premier League fans. His time with Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur were successful and saw both clubs improve by leaps and bounds under her leadership.
If the Argentinian is appointed, this will be the second time he is called in to replace Thomas Tuchel in his managerial career, having replaced the German boss at the Ligue 1 side.
While he has an outside shot of getting the Chelsea job we have to mention Schmidt. He has only been in charge of Benfica since May, which means the Portuguese side may be hesitant to part ways with him. Despite that, the Blues may have interest in him as he boasts almost 20 years of experience as a manager at eight different clubs.
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After spending most of his managerial tenure in Germany, he has broadened his horizons with his past three jobs heading to China, Holland, and now Portugal. He has had some success in recent years, winning trophies with PSV Eindhoven and Beijing Guoan. The German can also boast having a win percentage of over 50 per cent at his last two teams.