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Todd Boehly blames Thomas Tuchel, but the blame is his…the new owner won’t get our game


GRAEME SOUNESS: Todd Boehly Blames Thomas Tuchel, But The Blame Is His… The £300 Million US Owner Is Insane – He Doesn’t Get Our Game

  • Thomas Tuchel was sacked after his 100th game as Chelsea manager
  • The Blues lost their third consecutive game on the road against Dinamo Zagreb
  • But Todd Boehly had decided to fire the German for Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat

Thomas Tuchel’s resignation does not surprise me as it is so typical of the way Todd Boehly has decided to run Chelsea.

Boehly is a very wealthy man who is enterprising and who I am sure has made money in many different fields. A man who has watched football and thought, ‘This is a straight forward and simple business – and because I am so smart in so many other aspects of life, I can handle this’.

So he personally oversees the nearly £300m spend, wonders why it isn’t working and, as always, the victim is the manager. Alarm bells started ringing for me the moment Boehly announced that he was appointing himself Chelsea’s interim sporting director.

New controlling owner Todd Boehly (right) waited just 100 days before switching managers

As I said on these pages on Saturday, Boehly decided he didn’t need three people at the club who had been so successful in running the club: Bruce Buck, Marina Granovskaia and Petr Cech. Whether he threw them away or they left of their own accord, at that point he has to surround himself with football people.

Obviously, it will take some time for Boehly to discover that it is not as easy as he thought, that recruitment is not just about spending large amounts of money and that recruitment is also the most important part of running a football club.

At the risk of sounding boring, try to get Sir Alex Ferguson out of retirement, send him to the LA Dodgers and ask him to rate baseball players who play at other clubs, with a view to building a team . He wouldn’t know where to start.

Thomas Tuchel got £300m to spend on players in the summer transfer window

Thomas Tuchel got £300m to spend on players in the summer transfer window

Boehly has blamed Tuchel for Chelsea’s poor start to the season, but has been blamed for some highly questionable signings, far outstripping the odds for Kalidou Koulibaly, Marc Cucurella and Wesley Fofana.

Chelsea never adopted the English football management business model under Roman Abramovich.

He fired 14 managers – some, like Roberto Di Matteo, who had just won trophies: the biggest of them all, the Champions League, along with the FA Cup in 2012.

Chelsea owner Todd Boehly decided to sack the German manager for the defeat in Zagreb

Boehly joins a long list of foreign owners who are convinced they can become an instant success in football

But that rent-and-fire regime was successful because Abramovich eventually brought in people who knew the football world and understood the importance of recruitment. That’s a big part of why they were so successful.

Boehly joins a long list of wealthy people who have toiled under the illusion that they can get into our football business and become an instant success. Like Ellis Short. Like Mel Morris. Like Farhad Moshiri. They never got it.

Here’s what Graham Potter must weigh now as he conducts talks to become Tuchel’s successor. Potter has done a fantastic job in Brighton. But to go right now from managing the players he has at Brighton to managing the players in that Chelsea dressing room will be very, very different for him.


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