Chelsea not only took the decision to release Thomas Tuchel as a surprise, it will also be quite expensive for the club. The coach will get a lavish severance package.
Thomas Tuchel's dismissal was the most surprising news of this Champions League week so far. Apparently, after the 1-0 defeat against Dynamo Zagreb, those in charge at Chelsea no longer had confidence in the coach, who recently had to put up with a shaky but far from catastrophic start to the season.
According to reports from The Athletic and the Telegraph, however, the decision was more the consequence of a lack of conviction on the part of the top floor that Tuchel was not the right coach for the future of the club anyway. There were doubts as to whether the relationship would last long, it said. The result should have done the rest.
According to Sportbild reporter Christian Falk, the difficult relationship with club owner Todd Boehly should also have been a factor. The relationship was influenced, among other things, by the potential commitment of Cristiano Ronaldo. Tuchel didn't want him, also because of concerns about a harmful cabin climate - Boehly would have liked to have gotten him.
The British Dailymail or the sports section Sportsmail assumes costs of around 15 million euros. Of this, 13 million euros are to be understood as outstanding and thus payable salary. The outlet suspects the other two million euros as payments for the rest of the coaching staff, who also have to go.
If Tuchel finds a new club early, the severance payments would of course stop and an agreement would have to be found.
Either way: the decision to separate from the 49-year-old will be expensive. Also risky. After all, it's still very early in the season. So his successor still has to deliver a successful season without having the necessary preparation time.
This article was originally published on 90min.com/de as After release: Chelsea have to pay Tuchel a hefty severance package.