Thomas Tuchel 'FUMED as Todd Boehly ignored his Wesley Fofana plans
The ‘power move’ of Wesley Fofana’s New York medical, praise for Marina Granovskaia going down badly… and THAT Ronaldo issue: New details emerge of how Tuchel and Boehly fell out at Chelsea
- Wesley Fofana had Chelsea medical in New York despite Thomas Tuchel’s wishes
- The former manager wanted the defender to be integrated quickly into the team
- Fofana made costly error against Dinamo Zagreb in Champions League defeat
- It was among the reasons why Tuchel’s relationship with Boehly broke down
Fresh details have emerged on the final days of Thomas Tuchel’s reign as Chelsea manager and the German’s fallout with club owner Todd Boehly.
Boehly ordering new £69.5million signing Wesley Fofana to have his medical in New York angered Tuchel as it was viewed as a ‘power move’ by the American – and was one of several reasons why their relationship fell apart.
Tuchel had wanted Fofana to be integrated quickly into the team after he finally joined the club from Leicester at the end of the summer transfer window.
German news outlet Sport Bild has reported the new American owner ‘didn’t care’ about the time the defender would lose through travelling to the USA and the five-hour time difference that could give him jet lag compared to his teammates – even though he knew what Tuchel’s wishes for the player were.
Chelsea signed defender Wesley Fofana (right) from Leicester City for a fee of £70million
Fofana had to do his medical for Chelsea in New York which postponed his arrival to the squad
The decision from Boehly, against the manager’s wishes, left Tuchel fuming as he was not able to get as much time with the player as he had planned before handing him his debut.
Even the defender was surprised at the location of the medical as he is quoted saying: ‘I thought we’d do it in London.’
The delay to Fofana’s integration with the squad was clear to see in his Champions League debut against Dinamo Zagreb as the Blues were defeated 1-0 in the Champions League group stage opener.
The 21-year-old defender was caught out of position for Mislav Orsic’s 13th-minute goal that proved to be the winner in what turned out to be Tuchel’s last game in charge of the blues.
Fofana deputised as Dinamo Zagreb beat Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel (pictured) was sacked
Fofana made the error that allowed Mislav Orsic to score the winning goal for Dinamo Zagreb
Brighton manager Graham Potter was then quickly appointed as his successor and will take charge of his new side for the first time in the Champions League clash against RB Salzburg on Wednesday night.
BILD also reported the German’s praise of former club director Marina Granovskaia was a factor in his deteriorating relationship with Boehly.
Tuchel was thought to be in favour of Granovskaia remaining at the club post-Roman Abramovich and had a good relationship with the woman in charge of Chelsea’s transfer business.
Tuchel had reportedly wanted director Marina Granovskaia (pictured) to stay at Chelsea
According to BILD, Boehly ‘didn’t like that someone contradicted him’ and was said to have been annoyed with Tuchel’s backing of the now-departed director.
Another factor in the fallout was Tuchel rejecting the chance to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United. Boehly is believed to have wanted to bring the Portuguese star to the club to boost marketing, particularly in the US, but the German was concerned the impact the 37-year-old would have on the dressing room.
Boehly on Tuesday lifted the lid on Tuchel’s bombshell sacking by revealing the German did not share his vision for the future of the club.
The 48-year-old, along with co-owners Behdad Eghbali and Jose E. Feliciano, made the shock decision to sack Tuchel just seven days after the transfer window had ended, where the Blues spent a record £272million.
Speaking at the SALT conference in the United States, Boehly said: ‘When you take over any business, You have to make sure you are aligned with the people in the business, and Tuchel is obviously extremely talented and obviously someone who had great success with Chelsea.
Boehly lifted the lid on the sacking of Tuchel at a conference in the United States on Tuesday
‘Our vision for the club was to find a manager who really wanted to collaborate with us, a coach who really wanted to collaborate.
‘There are a lot of walls to break down at Chelsea. Before, the first team and academy didn’t really share data, didn’t share information about where the top players were coming from. Our goal is to bring a team together; all of that needs to be a well-oiled machine.
‘The reality of our decision was that we weren’t sure that Thomas saw it the same way we saw it. No one is right or wrong, we just didn’t have a shared vision for the future. It wasn’t about Zagreb, it was about the shared vision for what we wanted Chelsea to look like.
‘It wasn’t a decision that was made because of a single win or loss. It was a decision that we thought was the right vision for the club.’
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