Todd Boehly hinted at Thomas Tuchel’s sacking in a private conversation with former Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour on transfer deadline day.Chelsea’s new owners marked their 100th day in charge by sacking former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain manager Tuchel.
Thomas Tuchel guided Chelsea to three trophies in his 20-month spell at Stamford Bridge – including the Champions League – but had overseen a poor start to the 2022-23 season.
Chelsea struggled in pre-season – losing 4-0 to Premier League results rivals Arsenal during their tour of America – and won half of their six league games before losing the Champions League opener to Dinamo Zagreb.
It has seen emerged that Chelsea’s owners were planning to sack Tuchel before the Champions League defeat, with Todd Boehly even hinting at 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 Todd Boehly attempted to convince him to remain at Stamford Bridge.
The Athletic say Chelsea’s board were reluctant to sanction Gilmour’s departure, with Todd Boehly urging him to wait for his opportunity in west London and even implying the situation could soon change.
Gilmour, though, had already made up his mind and moved to Brighton in a £9m move. He spoke highly of Graham Potter after joining the Seagulls but has since seen the manager move to Chelsea as Tuchel’s replacement.
Tuchel broke his silence on his sacking from Chelsea on Sunday, insisting it had been an ‘honour’ to be part of the club’s history.
‘This is one of the most difficult statements I have ever had to write – and it is one which I hoped I would not need to do for many years,’ he 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.
‘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.
‘I am honoured to have been a part of this club’s history and the memories of the last 19 months will always have a special place in my heart.’
Less than two days after Tuchel’s departure from Chelsea, English coach Potter was unveiled as the club’s new manager.
On the appointment, Todd Boehly said: ‘We are thrilled to bring Graham to Chelsea. He is a proven coach and an innovator in the Premier League who fits our vision for the Club.
‘Not only is he extremely talented on the pitch, he has skills and capabilities that extend beyond the pitch which will make Chelsea a more successful Club.
‘He has had a major impact at his previous Clubs and we look forward to his positive impact at Chelsea.
‘We look forward to supporting him, his coaching team and the squad in realising their full potential in the coming months and years.’
Potter, meanwhile, said: ‘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 to develop a team and culture that our amazing fans can be proud of.’