Thomas Tuchel’s stance on returning as Chelsea manager after Mauricio Pochettino exit

Thomas Tuchel's stance on returning as Chelsea manager after Mauricio Pochettino exit

Thomas Tuchel could be set for a stunning return to Chelsea (Image: Getty Images)

Following the shocking news that Mauricio Pochettino had left Chelsea, the club is searching for a new manager, and Thomas Tuchel has surfaced as a potential candidate.

According to reports, Thomas Tuchel is amenable to the idea of going back to Chelsea this summer.

Since Pochettino’s shocking departure from Stamford Bridge was announced, the Blues are searching for a new manager. The former Tottenham manager was only hired in the summer, but he has since resigned from his position after having crisis talks with co-controlling owner Behdad Eghbali, sporting directors Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart, and others.

Having only been at the position for 11 months, the 52-year-old led Chelsea to sixth place in the Premier League this year. With five straight league victories, Pochettino—who guided Spurs to the Champions League final in 2019—ended his tenure as Chelsea’s manager and secured a spot in the Europa Conference League for the following campaign.

The Blues are reportedly considering Kieran McKenna of Ipswich, Enzo Maresca of Leicester, Sebastian Hoeness of Stuttgart, and Michel, the manager of Girona, as potential successors for Pochettino. Furthermore, despite being fired by Todd Boehly in 2022, Tuchel is eager for the position, according to Sky Sports in Germany.

The German manager was fired by the team following a difficult start to the following season, despite leading them to a memorable Champions League victory in 2021. Nevertheless, Tuchel is viewed as a “concrete option,” according to Sky Sports, and “he does not see his mission there as complete.”

Another name mentioned is Roberto De Zerbi, who left Brighton at the end of the season. Chelsea’s executives now have a difficult task in selecting a qualified successor after Pochettino’s departure was confirmed on Tuesday night.

“Chelsea FC can confirm that the club and Mauricio Pochettino have mutually agreed to part ways,” Chelsea said in a statement. “We would like to express our gratitude to Mauricio for his service this season on behalf of everyone at Chelsea,” said Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart, the club’s sporting directors.

“We wish him all the best in his future coaching career and will be happy to have him back at Stamford Bridge at any time.” Pochettino, a former manager of Tottenham and Paris St. Germain, expressed his gratitude to the Chelsea ownership group and sporting directors for giving him the chance to be a part of the football club’s history after agreeing to a two-year contract in May of last year.

“The club is now in a strong position to continue growing in the upcoming years, both in the Premier League and in Europe.” Sebastiano Pochettino, Miguel d’Agostino, Toni Jimenez, and Jesus Perez, who made up Pochettino’s backroom staff, have also left Stamford Bridge.

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