Todd Boehly reveals he and Thomas Tuchel didn't have 'a shared vision' for Chelsea as he insists German's bombshell sacking was down to his unwillingness to buy into American's Stamford Bridge plans... not a knee-jerk reaction to Dinamo Zagreb defeat
- Thomas Tuchel was sacked after the defeat by Dinamo Zagreb last week
- The news came as a shock to the 49-year-old German after 19 months in charge
- Chelsea owner Todd Boehly says a lack of shared vision led to the decision
The American billionaire spoke candidly about their shock decision to axe the 49-year-old just seven days after the transfer window.
The 48-year-old, along with co-owners Behdad Eghbali and Jose E. Feliciano, made the shock decision to sack Tuchel just seven days after the transfer window had ended, and the club had spent a record £272million.
Chelsea owner Todd Boehly says a lack of 'shared vision' with Thomas Tuchel led to the decision to sack the German as head coach
Tuchel's departure came hours after a 1-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League.
But the American businessman said the decision was not down to the defeat and that the club's senior management had already decided to replace Tuchel just five months after completing their £4.25bn takeover in May.
'When you take over any business, You have to make sure you are aligned with the people in the business, and Tuchel is obviously extremely talented and obviously someone who had great success with Chelsea,' Boehly said, speaking at the SALT Conference in the United States.
Tuchel was sacked last Wednesday less than 12 hours after the Blues had been beaten by Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League
'Our vision for the club was to find a manager who really wanted to collaborate with us, a coach who really wanted to collaborate.
'There are a lot of walls to break down at Chelsea. Before, the first team and academy didn't really share data, didn't share information about where the top players were coming from. Our goal is to bring a team together; all of that needs to be a well-oiled machine.
'The reality of our decision was that we weren't sure that Thomas saw it the same way we saw it. No one is right or wrong, we just didn't have a shared vision for the future. It wasn't about Zagreb, it was about the shared vision for what we wanted Chelsea to look like.
The news came as a shock to the 49-year-old after 19 months in charge at Stamford Bridge
'It wasn't a decision that was made because of a single win or loss. It was a decision that we thought was the right vision for the club.'
Tuchel was axed last Wednesday, just seven games into the season, after Chelsea's new owners opted to change manager following the assessments they made during the first 100 days of their ownership.
'This is one of the most difficult statements I have ever had to write - and it is one I hoped I would not need to do for many years. I am devastated that my time at Chelsea has come to an end,' Tuchel said.
'This is a club where I felt at home, both professionally and personally. Thank you so much to all the staff, the players and the supporters for making me feel very welcome from the start.
Tuchel guided Chelsea to Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup triumphs
'The pride and joy I felt at helping the team to win the Champions League and the Club World Cup will stay with me forever.
The German manager, who guided Chelsea to the Champions League in 2021, was sacked by the club on Wednesday, following their 1-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb.
The American's ruthless sacking of Tuchel came despite the German being a popular manager among Chelsea supporters after helping guide them to the Champions League trophy in his first season at the club.
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