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Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly explains why Thomas Tuchel was sacked | Football

Todd Boehly says Chelsea sacked Thomas Tuchel to improve ‘cohesiveness’ across the club (Shutterstock/SALT)

Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly claims Thomas Tuchel was sacked because they had no “vision” for the club’s future.

Tuchel was sacked after 20 months at Stamford Bridge after helping the club win the Champions League, Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup during his tenure.

After a difficult summer in the transfer market, Chelsea have had an uneven start to the new Premier League season with just three wins in their first six games.

A 1-0 defeat by Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League was the last straw and Tuchel was sacked less than 24 hours after the defeat in Croatia.

Graham Potter has replaced Tuchel as Chelsea manager and Boehly insists the move was necessary to improve “collaboration” across the club.

“When you take on a business, you just have to make sure you align with the people running the business,” Boehly said Tuesday at the SALT conference in New York.

“I think Tuchel is obviously extremely talented and someone who has had great success with Chelsea.

“Our vision for the club was to find a manager who really wanted to work with us, a coach who really wanted to work with us.

“I think there are a lot of walls to break through at Chelsea. For example, in the past the first team and the academy didn’t really share data, they didn’t share information about where the top players came from.

“So our aim is to really bring together a team that has to be a well oiled machine with the academy, with the first team, with the incremental clubs that we want to acquire and develop.

“And the reality of our decision was that we just weren’t sure if Thomas saw the same way we did. No one is right or wrong, we just didn’t have a vision for the future. It wasn’t about football, it was about a shared vision of what Chelsea Football Club should be like.

“It wasn’t a decision made on the basis of a single win or loss. It was a decision that was really made about what we felt was the right vision for the club.

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