Chelsea reassures players about their future ambition following Thomas Tuchel sacking by the club’s board.
Chelsea co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali spoke with the players on Wednesday to reassure them about the board’s ambitions following their decision to dismiss coach Thomas Tuchel.
Tuchel was sacked just seven competitive games into the Boehly-Clearlake era, although recent results weren’t the only factor behind the firing.
A deteriorating relationship with some of the squad was another.
Tuchel, who won three major honours including the Champions League in 18 months, still had nearly two years left on his current deal but was dismissed the morning after their 1-0 loss at Dinamo Zagreb.
Boehly and Eghbali addressed the squad at the training ground later in the day for around 15 minutes to discuss the situation.
The players were told how much the owners believed in them, that they are committed to making Chelsea a success and going to continue to provide the resources to make them competitive on the pitch.
There was also a separate get-together, which just involved them talking to only the most senior players in the squad.
Chelsea appointed Brighton coach Graham Potter as Tuchel’s replacement on Thursday, handing him a contract until 2027.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was also personally reassured that he wasn’t signed just to please former manager Thomas Tuchel and does have a role to play at Chelsea.’
Despite Tuchel’s quick exit prompting criticism of the new Chelsea ownership, the Daily Telegraph reports that the player has been reassured and is looking forward to playing under incoming manager Graham Potter.
Chelsea completed the £10.3million signing of the forward from Barcelona on transfer deadline day last week, reuniting him with Tuchel following their time working together at Borussia Dortmund.
Naturally, Aubameyang had anticipated Tuchel being his manager at Stamford Bridge and this was a factor in deciding to make the return to Premier League football.