Ex-Chelsea boss Tuchel eyeing three HUGE jobs

James Shearman Updated: 18 Nov 2022 16:09 GMT 3 min read
Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea, 2022/23

Former Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has a shortlist of three teams for his next managerial role.

According to Foot Mercato, Tuchel is keen to return to football as the head coach of Barcelona, Juventus or Real Madrid.

Tuchel was sacked by Chelsea early in September after a tough start to the season, with his last game coming against Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League.

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The German boss earned heroic status at the west London club, having spurred the team on to Champions League glory in 2021.

But the new ownership group, headed by Todd Boehly, invested heavily in the summer, spending the most of any team in Europe, and expected instant results.

Tuchel was sacked soon after the transfer window, with Graham Potter replacing him as the man to carry the team forward for the rest of the campaign.

Now, he is looking to take on another of the biggest jobs in football, with Barca, Juve or Real.

The Juventus job seems the most likely at the moment, given Massimiliano Allegri's struggles in his second stint in Turin.

Tuchel to Juventus?

Sacking Allegri seems like the smart thing to do for Juventus president Andrea Agnelli.

Thomas Tuchel is a world-class coach who has become available after his unjust sacking from Chelsea in September.

Like Allegri, Tuchel has been criticised for being too pragmatic himself, but that is unfair considering all that he has achieved.

Juventus simply can’t afford to miss the opportunity to get a man who inspired the Blues to Champions League glory just over a year ago.

The German utilises a three-man backline, which would appear to suit Juventus’ current squad of players – and there is no reason why he couldn’t immediately have the same kind of impact on the Bianconeri that he did when replacing Frank Lampard at Chelsea in January 2021.

However, Juventus rarely sack managers mid-season, with the last time being 12 years ago.

And there is also the economic angle, as the Bianconeri would have to pay off Allegri over two and a half years of his €36m contract plus taxes.

So, unfortunately for Juventus fans, Max Allegri is expected to remain at the helm for the foreseeable future.