THOMAS TUCHEL only spoke about new contracts with Chelsea two weeks ago.
Now he is looking for a new job.
Back then, he confirmed SunSport’s exclusive story that the club wanted to sign him to a new contract in a few simple words, before stressing that the most important thing is the team.
When the leaderless Manchester United made it clear towards the end of last season that they see Tuchel as their next manager, the German was open about his commitment to his employers.
He would not bail and was happy to stay with the club which gave him a chance to thrive in the Premier League and raise his profile beyond all previous measures.
On closer inspection, the overly intellectual trainer nicknamed “The Professor” looks naïve at best and stupid at worst.
That’s because his sacking confirms there’s no place for sentiment at Stamford Bridge and, ultimately, loyalty will do for you.
Tuchel did not expect to be awarded the contract so few hours after his team collapsed in Croatia.
He acknowledged that relations with Chairman Todd Boehly had been on the brink for some time.
Little did he know, however, that a 1-0 defeat in their opening game against Dinamo Zagreb was the moment his boss had been waiting for.
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And he took the blow squarely between his eyes at the training ground just before 10am, having only returned to England around 4am.
He admitted he didn’t see his players’ hopeless performance coming on Tuesday.
He should have seen what came next though.
Throughout the summer there was constant discord between Tuchel and the new board he reported to – but Boehly in particular.
Disagreement over Boehly’s desire to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United went Tuchel’s way and the plan was dropped.
This disagreement underscores the two men’s different philosophies about players.
Boehly is clearly into razzmatazz and showbiz signings when it comes to gamers.
He loved being pictured with newcomers and hanging out and shooting the breeze with them on the training ground.
Tuchel’s wish was a new central defender.
He ended up getting two, but despite a world-record £259.1million investment over the summer, Chelsea’s head coach still wasn’t happy.
To the extent that following the recent embarrassing 2-1 defeat at Southampton, a message was sent to a Chelsea director containing extremely scathing words about the state of the squad.
Hesitation about a deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was another point of contention.
At 33, Chelsea had no desire to hand a three-year contract to a player who many believe is past his prime. Understandably.
There is a feeling that Tuchel has a blind spot for Aubameyang. That he is overwhelmed by the headstrong striker’s dazzling personality.
And that, having managed him seven years ago, he was able to bring back 25-year-old Aubameyang.
Chelsea have reached a compromise with Aubameyang.
A two-year deal with an option for a third to keep him busy.
He only made his Blues debut on Tuesday – seven games into the season and nearly two months since striker Romelu Lukaku returned to Inter Milan.
Manager dismissals are just as much a part of everyday life at Chelsea as groin strains.
The joke is that the club uses non-drying paint to mark the coach’s parking spot at the training ground.
In Tuchel’s case, the story is fascinating considering how the geeky-looking, 6ft 5in beanstalk managed to gain even more stature while guiding his club through the worst moments of its 117-year history.
When Russia invaded Ukraine in February, Roman Abramovich’s ties to Russian leader Vladimir Putin involuntarily dragged Chelsea into a war.
Government sanctions, financial stranglehold, emergency takeover ordered by the Number 10. The very existence of one of our top clubs has been called into question.
While the hierarchy took the chance to hunker down in a bunker and hide from the public, Tuchel assumed the role of leading statesman.
Can’t afford a plane to fly to Lille? “I drive the bus,” he said.
He also honestly admitted that most opposing clubs would be delighted if his team failed.
At the height of the crisis, Churchill made a series of speeches in which he won the only trophy Chelsea had eluded up to that point – the Club World Cup.
Victory in the European Super Cup followed a few months after winning the Champions League.
There is no doubt that Chelsea have fallen off lately and the team was a complete mess against Zagreb.
Master tactician Tuchel could not overtake a team with a twelfth of his budget.
Formations changed, confusing substitutions were made, dour fringe players were dragged off the bench to try and save his neck and it fell through.
Boehly and his cohort at US investors Clearlake Capital promised many things when their £4.25 billion takeover was announced on May 22.
They were careful not to pledge public loyalty to the head coach.
Still, you might have expected a bit of credit in the bank because Tuchel kept the ship afloat in stormy waters.
Had he signed this new two-year deal, Tuchel would have received a substantial pay rise.
He will now walk away with a payout worth almost £13million.
Either way, he won’t be left out and chances are he’ll be back in management soon.
And even the professor may have learned a lesson about public loyalty.
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