Four months on from losing his job at Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel is still without a new club. There has plenty of rumours and reports linking the German coach to a new job, both in England and abroad, and you feel it’s only a matter of time before the former Borussia Dortmund boss is back as a head coach of a top team. We’ve had a look at Tuchel’s journey and if a Premier League return is likely.
Could Thomas Tuchel Return to the Premier League?
Could Thomas Tuchel Return to the Premier League?
Harsh Chelsea Exit
Whoever lands Thomas Tuchel as their new manager, will be getting a head coach that certainly has the credentials. After a successful spell at his first big European team in Borussia Dortmund saw him lift the DFB-Pokal, the former Mainz player and manager moved to PSG where he won the French Ligue 1 on two occasions as well as numerous domestic honours with the Parisians. He was unable to land the big one for PSG in the form of the Champions League – the title that has evaded the mega-rich outfit no matter who has been in charge.
Tuchel did manage to get his hands on the Champions League, leading Chelsea to the crown in his first season in charge after just four months as Head Coach of the West London outfit. Tuchel looked to be building a dynasty at Stamford Bridge after winning the big one and guided the Blues to two domestic finals the following season.
The start of this season turned out to be disastrous though, despite Chelsea spending close to £280million on new signings in the summer. The Todd Boehly takeover and huge change-around, with Boehly splashing the cash after the exit of Technical Advisor Petr Cech and Director Marina Granovskaia which Tuchel publicly admitted he felt the impact of.
Nevertheless, it was a poor run of form for Chelsea, winning just three of their opening seven games before the embarrassing loss in their opening Champions League game against Dinamo Zagreb. It was from that something needed to change, but after the Champions League heroics and the job he was doing prior to the takeover and the upheaval that brought, it does seem harsh that Tuchel was sent packing. Especially when you see the struggles that his successor Graham Potter has had. The end to Tuchel’s Chelsea reign was a cloud at the end of a good spell in the Premier League so far, so he will surely be worth considering for future Premier League availabilities.
Premier League Openings
There are currently no vacant managerial positions at Premier League clubs, but that doesn’t mean you can rule out Tuchel of becoming the Head Coach at an English side soon. There are plenty of clubs that may be on the verge of looking for replacements if their current situation continues.
The obvious choice is Tottenham, who could become available if they or Antonio Conte decide to call it a day. The Italian’s side have come under fire in recent weeks after poor, slow performances that has seen them either have to come from behind to rescue points or fall to defeats against clubs that they should really be beating. The latest home defeat against Aston Villa saw Conte respond to criticism by stating his intention to stay at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. If Spurs continue to look woeful, it may be a matter of time before Conte decides to walk or the owners decide a new direction should be taken. If that is the case, Tuchel knows the league and you think would be in the running to replace him.
Even though Tuchel has managed at some of Europe’s heavyweights, it may be lower down the Premier League where his services could be needed next. Some big, but struggling, clubs such as West Ham, Everton, and Leicester are all looking vulnerable towards the bottom after a disappointing start and could need Tuchel to inspire their rosters of stars to propel them up the table.
Jobs Outside England’s top tier
Whilst Tuchel has been linked with plenty of positions in the Premier League, it could be a role outside the best league in the world that tempts the German coach.
Tuchel’s old side Dortmund have struggled to keep up with Bayern Munich in recent years, even slipping further down the Bundesliga table. The Black and Yellows are currently in sixth spot and could look to their former Head Coach to get them back up there and fighting with the Bavarians for the title.
Alternatively, whilst it may not be in the Premier League, it could be the country itself that Tuchel takes over. Speculation about Gareth Southgate’s future continue and although the FA and Southgate have announced their plans to continue, any slip-up with Southgate at the helm could see Tuchel as one of the front-runners to replace him with many backing the former Chelsea boss for the job following the World Cup.
A coach like Tuchel will have plenty of offers and could end up plying his trade in a new country, either as a National Team boss or in a domestic league. The likes of the Serie A and Spanish La Liga could be appealing to the former PSG boss – who won’t be short of options if a big job becomes available.
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