Thiago Silva has finally responded to Thomas Tuchel’s sacking with a heartfelt message, wishing he ‘could have done more’ to keep the German at Chelsea’s job.
Tuchel was sacked as coach on Wednesday morning following the team’s 1-0 defeat at Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League the night before.
Despite Chelsea’s indifferent start to the season, problems off the pitch and a breakdown in Tuchel’s relationship with the club’s new owners are believed to have been the main reasons for his sacking.
There was evidence the 49-year-old had lost some of his players’ trust too, but since leaving Stamford Bridge he has been inundated with messages of thanks on social media.
Silva – who played at both Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea under Tuchel – was one of the last players to pay tribute to the German and appeared genuinely upset by his manager’s departure.
“You and your staff were not only fine professionals but amazing people,” the veteran defense attorney wrote on Instagram.
“It has been a real privilege to meet and work with you. Thank you for everything Thomas Tuchel, sorry I couldn’t be more helpful! God Save you and your family.’
The likes of Mason Mount, Kai Havertz and skipper Cesar Azpilicueta have all thanked Tuchel, while Mateo Kovacic wrote: “It has been a pleasure learning and working with you and your staff. Thank you, boss.’
Just over 24 hours after Tuchel was sacked, Chelsea had already secured his replacement when Graham Potter was announced as the club’s new manager on Thursday afternoon.
With Germany coaches Zsolt Low and Arno Michels also leaving Tuchel, Potter has brought several of his Brighton coaches with him to Stamford Bridge.
Assistant Billy Reid, first-team coaches Bjorn Hamberg and Bruno, goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts and assistant recruiter Kyle Macaulay have also joined Chelsea.
Of his move, Potter said: “I’m incredibly proud and excited to represent Chelsea FC, this fantastic football club. I am very excited to partner with Chelsea’s new ownership group and look forward to meeting and working with the exciting group of players and developing a team and a culture that our amazing fans can be proud of.
“I would also like to express my sincere thanks to Brighton & Hove Albion for giving me this opportunity and in particular to Tony Bloom and all the players, staff and supporters for their continued support throughout my time at the club.”
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