Thomas Tuchel will undoubtedly be feeling hard done by after he was ruthlessly sacked by Chelsea on Wednesday in the wake of their Champions League defeat at the hands of Dinamo Zagreb. The German manager was relieved of his duties by new Blues owner Todd Boehly just hours after they were beaten in Croatia, with Brighton boss Graham Potter widely reported to have been lined up as the former’s replacement in the dugout.
It remains to be seen where Tuchel will decide to go from here, with the 49-year-old still regarded as one of Europe’s leading managers after winning the Champions League with Chelsea just two seasons ago. He may be inclined to consider the idea of filling the newly-vacated role at RB Leipzig, who sacked Domenico Tedesco earlier on Wednesday, if he is tempted by the possibility of an immediate return to the touchline.
Such a move would allow Tuchel to go back to his native Germany, where he cut his teeth in management with Mainz and Borussia Dortmund before moving on to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2018. It would also provide him with the opportunity to coach in the Champions League while working alongside a few of his reported transfer targets from his time at Chelsea, including the likes of highly-rated defender Josko Gvardiol.
However, Tuchel would also be forced to rekindle his working relationship with ex-Blues forward Timo Werner, who failed to meet expectations at Stamford Bridge before he was deemed surplus to requirements and sold back to Leipzig during the summer transfer window. It does however seem unlikely that Tuchel will be joining Leipzig regardless of whether or not he is keen to do so, with the Bundesliga heavyweights said to have identified Marco Rose as their top managerial target.
An agreement between Leipzig and Rose is fully expected to be reached over the coming days, according to Fabrizio Romano, which suggests that Tuchel has already been overlooked by the club’s Red Bull-led ownership group. Other exciting opportunities will surely present themselves before long, though, as Tuchel weighs up a future away from Chelsea in the wake of the club’s surprise decision to get rid of him.
He is reportedly set to be replaced at Stamford Bridge by Potter, who has proven his worth as one of the Premier League’s highest-rated coaches since taking over at Brighton back in 2019. The Seagulls are said to have already given Chelsea permission to speak to their manager, with the Blues eager to finalise his appointment before Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off against Fulham.
However, Potter has already been warned against jumping ship to Chelsea by former England defender Danny Mills, who believes that he may live to regret his decision if he chooses to leave his project at Brighton to replace Tuchel in west London.