Joe Cole believes Manchester United will ‘kick themselves’ after Chelsea sacked former leadership target Thomas Tuchel.
Germany manager Tuchel, 49, lost his job last week after his 100th game as Chelsea manager ended in defeat at the hands of Champions League opponents Dinamo Zagreb.
The former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain boss guided Chelsea to three trophies after replacing Blues legend Frank Lampard in January 2021.
But Chelsea have had a disappointing start to the current season, dropping points in half of their league games and starting their European Championship with a 1-0 defeat in Croatia.
A day after Tuchel left Stamford Bridge, Chelsea appointed Graham Potter as their new manager from Brighton.
Cole has slammed Chelsea’s decision to sack Tuchel, claiming one club in particular will “step on their toes” after the German’s departure.
Manchester United expressed an interest in poaching Tuchel from Chelsea earlier this year, but the veteran manager was committed to the Blues.
The Red Devils then appointed former Ajax manager Erik ten Hag as their fifth permanent manager since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.
When asked for his opinion on Tuchel’s sacking and Potter’s appointment, former England star Cole told FIVE’s YouTube channel: “I’m happy to say that I think it was the wrong decision to get rid of Thomas Tuchel. He bonded with the Chelsea fans and won trophies.
“He was going through a difficult time, that’s for sure, but getting rid of him was tough. How was this dealt with? There is no good way to get rid of a crib but I think the decision was wrong and they could have stayed with him.
‘Chelsea fans are used to getting [Antonio] conte, [Jose] Mourinho… top manager. But going with Graham Potter, I’m actually pretty excited about that because it suggests to me that we’re going in a different direction and we’re looking for stability.
“With all the success that Chelsea have had, we would have stability like Man City with pep [Guardiola]we could have had more.
“I’m excited to see how it goes. It’s fine to say he’s our manager for the next few years, but what if we don’t make it to the Champions League? Then comes the test.
“But I’m excited because I love his kind of football. Only time will tell, but maybe we can get more stability under the new owners.
“I feel for Thomas Tuchel, it’s tough because he’s a top manager. I’ll tell you who’s going to kick themselves a bit: Man United. I bet they wish that had happened three or four months ago.
“I don’t know how the Ten Hag era will go – things are looking promising at the moment – but Thomas Tuchel is exactly what Man United need. He’s the kind of character who can shake up a group. I think he’s going differently, Thomas Tuchel.’
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