Tuchel sacking not about Zagreb but lack of shared vision, says Chelsea owner Boehly | Football News

LONDON: chelseais the American owner Todd Boehly says the sacking director Thomas Tuché last week had nothing to do with the loss to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League but that was because the German didn’t share the same vision for the club.
Tuchel, who won the Champions League for Chelsea in 2021 just months after being brought on to replace Frank Lampard, was sacked on Wednesday following a 1-0 loss in Croatia.
Manager of Brighton & Hove Albion Graham Potter replaced Tuchel on Thursday – the first senior job under Boehly who led a consortium that completed a 4.25 billion pound ($4.91 billion) takeover of Chelsea in May.
Boehly said the change of head coach was part of Chelsea’s move in a new direction.
“When you’re taking over a business, you just have to make sure you’re aligned with the people who are running the business,” Boehly said, speaking at the SALT leadership conference in New York, when asked to explain the departure of Tuchel.
“Tuchel is obviously extremely talented and someone who has had a lot of success at Chelsea, but our vision for the club was to find a manager who wanted to collaborate with us.”
Boehly suggested a more forensic approach to player development from the first team through to the academy was behind the change.
“There are a lot of walls to break down at Chelsea,” Boehly said. “Before, the first team and the academy didn’t really share data, they didn’t share information about the origin of the best players, so our goal was to bring together a team with the academy, with the first team, with the additional clubs we want to acquire and develop, this must all be a well-oiled machine.
“The reality of our decision was that we weren’t sure Thomas saw the same as us. Nobody is right or wrong, we just didn’t have a common vision for the future.
“It wasn’t about Zagreb, it was really about the shared vision of what we wanted Chelsea Football Club to look like.”
Boehly, who is co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, said the passion for premier league fans was what prompted him to acquire Chelsea.
“When you experience it, I don’t think there’s anything like it,” Boehly said. “Maybe American college football could compare. But it’s beyond passion. It’s borderline religion.”

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