Tuchel's eye on England: Which club would be the best fit?
Thomas Tuchel’s eye on England: The German coach wants to manage in the Premier League after being sacked by PSG… but where could he end up and which club would be the best fit?
- Thomas Tuchel was sacked by PSG despite a successful two years at the club
- The 47-year-old is said to be seeking a new management role in England
- Sportsmail takes a look at which clubs could be the best fit for the German
Getting sacked hours after a 4-0 victory probably wasn’t on Thomas Tuchel’s Christmas list.
Paris Saint-Germain finally confirmed on Tuesday that the German had been removed from his role as manager – news that was already widely known.
Tuchel led PSG to back-to-back Ligue 1 titles and their first ever Champions League final in August, where they were narrowly defeated by Bayern Munich.
Thomas Tuchel is eyeing a management role in England after he was sacked by PSG last week
This season has proved more difficult domestically. PSG have already lost four league games, one more than last season, and they currently trail Lyon and Lille by a point.
However, Tuchel still guided the club to the knockout stages of the Champions League and topped a difficult group which included RB Leipzig and Manchester United.
The 47-year-old is keen to get back to work as soon as possible after agreeing a £5.4million pay-out with French club and is said to have his eye on managing in England. Should a vacancy in the Premier League arise, Tuchel’s name would likely be at the top of most lists. Sportsmail takes a look at his possible options and which club could be the best fit.
Mikel Arteta was very much a man under pressure before Arsenal’s victory over Chelsea on Boxing Day.
While that result may have lifted some of the gloom hanging over the Emirates, the Spaniard knows he will face more doubts over his future if he’s not able to lift the club up the table.
It’s been the youngsters who have shone for the Gunners this season. Bukayo Saka was the star against Chelsea and the likes of Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock and Emile Smith Rowe have impressed in the Europa League.
Some of the pressure on Mikel Arteta was lifted by the victory over Chelsea but he is still facing a tough job at the Emirates
The form of senior players like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Willian has been the worry for Arteta. Tuchel worked with Aubameyang at Borussia Dortmund and the forward described the German as one of the best coaches he’s ever had.
Tuchel’s creative style of football is focused on high levels of possession and has been likened to that of Pep Guardiola and Arsene Wenger – which would make him the obvious out-of-work manager to replace Arteta.
Arsenal are 15th in the table but are only nine points behind Tottenham, who are currently seventh. However, they’re also only six points clear of the relegation zone.
With Tuchel waiting in the wings, it’s a pivotal point in the season for Arteta.
HOW LIKELY IS IT? 7/10 – Probably the best fit for Tuchel of all the clubs in the Premier League.
Tuchel’s style of football which is focused on possession could fit in well at Arsenal
The Christmas period is becoming a reoccurring problem for Frank Lampard teams.
During his season at Derby, the Rams won one game in five during the festive schedule. The following campaign saw his Chelsea team win two in five and it’s currently one win in five for the Blues this season.
It’s far from a crisis and there have been obvious signs of progress from last season. However Lampard needs to improve results quickly before his side fall further behind their top six rivals.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has had a difficult festive period with just one win in five games
Roman Abramovich will not hesitate to make changes if results don’t start to get better
After spending £253m on summer transfers, the manager knows a place in the top four is the minimum achievement expected of him.
The Chelsea boss has a good relationship with Roman Abramovich but the Russian is not sentimental and if results don’t improve, Lampard could be in trouble.
Could Abramovich be tempted by Tuchel? He was in 2017 when the German left Dortmund but a move didn’t materialise.
German newspaper Bild reported Tuchel would relish the chance to work with Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, who have both struggled to hit the ground running since their summer moves. Lampard will likely be given time but the next month is a critical period for the Chelsea boss.
HOW LIKELY IS IT? 6/10 – Chelsea aren’t likely to panic unless they go on a real slide.
Lampard is likely to be given time and there have been signs of improvements this season
It’s not been plain sailing for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season but his job looks safe with Manchester United one of the in-form teams in the Premier League. And with Mauricio Pochettino on his way to PSG, the main candidate to take his job looks to be off the market.
While crashing out of the Champions League at the group stage was a disappointment, United have responded well. The club are fourth in the league and will go two points behind leaders Liverpool if they win their games in-hand.
If the club had doubts over Solskjaer they could have sacked him after the 6-1 defeat by Tottenham, the 1-0 loss against Arsenal or the European exit in Leipzig.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s job looks safe with Manchester United on a good run of form
The Red Devils responded well after crashing out of the Champions League at the group stage
After each poor performance, Solskjaer’s players responded and there’s an obvious backing for him in the dressing room.
Tuchel reportedly felt unfairly targeted by the French media during his time at PSG. That criticism would likely pale in comparison to the scrutiny that comes with being manager of the Red Devils.
HOW LIKELY IS IT? 5/10 – United would have to go on a seriously bad run of results for them to consider a change in the dug-out.
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