Todd Boehly hinted at Thomas Tuchel’s sacking in a private chat with former Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour on transfer deadline day.
Chelsea’s new owners celebrated their 100th day in office by sacking former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain manager Tuchel.
Tuchel led Chelsea to three trophies – including the Champions League – during his 20-month tenure at Stamford Bridge but had overlooked a poor start to the 2022-23 season.
Chelsea struggled last season – losing 4-0 to Premier League rivals Arsenal during their tour of America – winning half of their six league games before losing their Champions League opener to Dinamo Zagreb.
It has emerged that ahead of the Champions League defeat, Chelsea’s owners were planning to sack Tuchel, with Boehly even alluding to the sacking in a conversation with Gilmour on deadline day.
Scotland international Gilmour secured a late move to Brighton during the summer transfer window but not before Boehly tried to persuade him to stay at Stamford Bridge.
The Athletic say Chelsea’s board are reluctant to approve Gilmour’s departure and Boehly urged him to wait for his opportunity in west London, even hinting the situation could change soon.
However, Gilmour had already made up his mind and moved to Brighton for £9million. He spoke highly of Graham Potter after joining the Seagulls but has since seen the manager join Chelsea as Tuchel’s replacement.
Tuchel broke his silence on his release from Chelsea on Sunday, insisting it was an “honor” to be part of the club’s history.
“This is one of the hardest statements I’ve ever had to write — and I hoped I wouldn’t have to do it for many years,” he said.
“This is a club where I felt at home, both professionally and personally. Thank you to all the staff, players and supporters who made me feel very welcome from the start.
“The pride and joy I felt in helping the team win the Champions League and Club World Cup will always be remembered.
“I’m honored to have been a part of the club’s history and the memories of the last 19 months will always hold a special place in my heart.”
Less than two days after Tuchel’s departure from Chelsea, England manager Potter was unveiled as the club’s new manager.
On the appointment, Boehly said: “We are delighted to bring Graham to Chelsea. He is a proven coach and innovator in the Premier League that fits our vision for the club.
“Not only is he extremely talented on the pitch, he has skills and abilities that go beyond the pitch and will make Chelsea a more successful club.
“He had a huge impact on his previous clubs and we look forward to his positive impact at Chelsea.
“We look forward to supporting him, his coaching staff and the squad to reach their full potential over the coming months and years.”
Potter meanwhile said: “I’m really excited to be partnering with Chelsea’s new ownership group and look forward to meeting and working with this exciting group of players and developing a team and a culture that our amazing fans can be proud of. “
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