If you’re a Chelsea fan of a certain age — and I do mean a certain age: before Abramovich, before the Premier League — you should be well used to sackings.
Or at least to the idea of sackings; never the sackings themselves.
Some deserved, some unexpected, some too soon, some not quick enough. All less than four years. Most less than two. You have to go back to the early ‘80s to find a manager who lasted 200 games (John Neal), another decade before then to find one who lasted for 300 (Dave Sexton). Long-term appointments, we don’t do that here.
Of course, despite narratives, that’s not necessarily a unique quality to Chelsea, not even to Abramovich’s Chelsea. Tuchel was the 25th longest serving manager in the top four divisions of English football at the time of his sacking: 67 of the 92 teams in the Premier League and the Football League had changed managers since his appointment on January 26, 2021. Getting sacked is part of the job definition.
Some very generous interpretations of Todd Boehly’s opening months operating Chelsea going around. He’s not the one who won the Champions League or held the club together when everything was falling apart in spring. Tuchel deserves a little more respect imo.— Adam Crafton (@AdamCrafton_) September 7, 2022
Whenever the inevitable sacking happens, out come the proverbial knives of the finger-pointing blame game, as we search for clarity, as we try to avoid criticism, as we shape the narrative. None of those stories can ever hope to truly reflect how or why a professional (and sometimes personal) relationship reaches its breaking point. It’s never as simple, though sometimes it’s not very complex. It is what it is, until it isn’t.
All that to say, life’s a journey, not a destination. Smile because it happened. Etc. Put that on a postcard.
Thank you so much @TTuchelofficial for years of partnership. You’re a giant. Good luck in everything you do… always— Belle Silva (@bellesilva) September 7, 2022
Let us remember the good times, let us remember the history-makers. Let us remember the half-time invincibles. Let us remember never losing a semifinal. Let us remember the trophies. The lucky shoes. The baseball caps. The sideline passion and the clear-eyed interviews. The steady, unwavering leadership through unprecedented times. 100 games. 6 finals. 3 trophies.
That’s now all part of our club, forever.
The new man will have a tough act to follow.
Thank you, Thomas! Until we meet again...
Barely even played under Tuchel but still loved him. Rate this a lot from Kepa pic.twitter.com/Pz9Kc6z4Yf— Conn (@ConnCFC) September 7, 2022
Havertz with another 2 word goodbye to Tuchel, something feels fishy pic.twitter.com/gqH0UpwM56— Toast (@ToastCFC) September 8, 2022
Beyond being good professionals, you and your staff were amazing human beings. It was a real privilege to meet you and work with you. Thank you for everything #ThomasTucheI , I wish I could be more helpfull! God bless you and your family @TTuchelofficial pic.twitter.com/tfiv4VuI0O— Thiago Silva (@tsilva3) September 8, 2022