Chelsea owner Todd Boehly reportedly struck a ‘bad first impression’ when he pitched a ‘4-4-3' formation to outgoing boss Thomas Tuchel.
The Champions League winning manager was sensationally shown the door by the west Londoners’ new owners. Tuchel was given his marching orders by the American barely 24 hours after Chelsea’s Champions League campaign began with a 1-0 away defeat to Dinamo Zagreb – his 100th game in charge of the Blues.
Various reports indicated a break down in Tuchel and Boehly’s relationship, with the latter reportedly describing the German boss as a “nightmare” to work with. However, other sources understand the American also left a bad impression when he drafted up an aspirational ‘4-4-3’ formation for Tuchel to implement one day.
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Reports from the Athletic understand this mildly amusing gaffe, which features 11 outfield players, was pitched by Boehly and co-owner Behdad Eghbali. This rather embarrassing gaffe is understood to have been made in one of the first recruitment meetings Boehly held with Tuchel.
The Athletic understand this mistake was one of many ‘slapstick’ moments that were encountered during the early meetings between the two parties. When pushed about this misunderstanding, the football club denied this misunderstanding ever happened.
It remains unclear whether this embarrassing mistake did really take place between Tuchel and Boehly. However, incoming Chelsea boss Graham Potter will certainly be hoping there is no such confusion or breakdown in communication.
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The former Brighton and Hove Albion manager was recently announced as Tuchel’s successor after a very successful spell at the Seagulls. Potter is the first manager to be appointed by the Boehly consortium.
“Potter is one of the most exciting coaches in the game, starting his journey in Sweden before bringing his talents to the English game over the past four seasons,” an official statement from the west Londoners said. “The 47-year-old is educated to degree level in disciplines beyond sport and has combined these experiences to forge a collaborative, forward-thinking approach while developing attacking and winning football.
“That has been in evidence during his time at Brighton & Hove Albion, where he achieved that club’s highest-ever league finish last season. Along the way, he earned praise for his winning brand of football on the south coast, while proving flexible in tactics and formations to be a step ahead of opponents.”
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