Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly has revealed why the club decided to part ways with Thomas Tuchel, who was left devastated by the decision.
Boehly has finally spoken out publicly about what happened between the club and its former manager, with the German tactician's dismissal of the German tactician, who admitted the sacking left him devastated, remaining a point of debate among fans and pundits alike.
While many were under the impression Tuchel was given his marching orders as a result of the team's embarrassing defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in the UEFA Champions League last Tuesday, Boehly has now confirmed that the loss was not what made him pull the trigger on a manager he had just allowed to spend a record £272 million (R5.4 billion) on new players in the transfer window.
"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," the American businessman said at the SALT Conference in the US, according to the Daily Mail.
"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.
"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."
Chelsea have since hired former Brighton & Hove Albion boss Graham Potter as the 49-year-old's successor at Stamford Bridge.
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