Chelsea: New boss Thomas Tuchel in profile
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has been urged to keep quiet about the politics of the club and maintain focus on coaching the team. Tuchel was officially announced as Chelsea’s new head coach on Tuesday evening following the sacking of Frank Lampard on Monday. The German is back in work just a month after being sacked by Paris Saint-Germain.
Tuchel often spoke about the politics at PSG, with reports claiming he didn’t feel he could just purely be a coach.
However, Liverpool legend Steve Nicol believes the 47-year-old must stay away from talking about that at Chelsea or face problems with the club’s owner Roman Abramovich.
“I’ll tell you what he does do, he keeps his mouth shut complaining about politics,” Nicol told ESPN FC.
“I mean come on, you’re given a job in Paris with a bunch of players who are good players, so get on with the job. Why are you getting involved with politics?
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“And it will be the same at Chelsea, you’re getting handed a good group of players so keep away from the politics.
“What’s this politics nonsense? Go and coach the team.
“On the field of play we will see what kind of coach you are, not some coach who wants to get involved with upstairs and politics this, and politics that.
“Do you know what? In my opinion, Tuchel didn’t do anything with that Paris team.
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“What’s he done at Paris to suggest he’s a great coach? He’s got a group of players [at Chelsea], go and coach the group of players, and let’s see what you’re like as a coach, because I don’t think he did a good job in Paris.
“He’s got to go in there and get a hold of them and make sure everybody trusts him and understands him.”
Tuchel has signed an 18-month contract with the option of a further year.
He took charge of his first training session on Tuesday evening and will be in the dugout for the Premier League clash against Wolves on Wednesday.
Following his appointment, Tuchel had a message for the departed Lampard.
“I would like to thank Chelsea FC for their confidence in me and my staff,” Tuchel told the official Chelsea website.
“We all have the greatest respect for Frank Lampard’s work and the legacy he created at Chelsea.
“At the same time, I cannot wait to meet my new team and compete in the most exciting league in football. I am grateful to now be part of the Chelsea family – it feels amazing!”
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