Rio Ferdinand, who spoke to Thomas Tuchel days before his sacking, suggests Chelsea’s new owners ‘tried to influence player selection, want Edouard Mendy out of the squad – and to play in “4-4-3″‘
- Rio Ferdinand criticized the recent sacking of manager Thomas Tuchel by Chelsea
- Ferdinand said he met Tuchel a few days before and said he was happy to be there
- He suggested new Blues owner Todd Boehly is too involved with the club
- The former defender also claimed that the American tycoon wants to play the ‘4-4-3’ system
- Ferdinand urged Boehly to stay away from managers and backed Graham Potter
Rio Ferdinand has slammed Chelsea’s sacking of Thomas Tuchel after meeting the German days before he was sacked as Blues manager.
New owner Todd Boehly relieved Tuchel of his duties after Chelsea lost 1-0 to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League and quickly appointed former Brighton boss Graham Potter in his place.
Ferdinand, speaking on his YouTube channel Vibe with FIVE, called the situation “surreal”, before questioning Boehly’s involvement in the management of the club.
Rio Ferdinand criticized Chelsea’s decision to get rid of ex-manager Thomas Tuchel
Tuchel was sacked as Chelsea boss last week after 18 months in charge of the London club
“It’s a big thing that a manager was sacked and the way it happened,” said the former Manchester United defender.
“I met him and did an interview with him just before this about his Chelsea squad and how it is structured and his plans for the future. It was just really crazy and it was really surreal when I heard the news because the way he spoke to me on screen and off screen was like he was thrilled to be there.
“I’ve spoken to people behind the scenes and good sources, it was as much of a surprise to the coaching staff as it was to everyone outside. The staff had spent a lot of time talking to the owners and from what I was told, Tuchel and his team had never had so much engagement with the owners at any time in their careers.
“There are hands on it and there are too many. From what I heard, they were also sticking their noses into things that should be left to a manager.
Owner Todd Boehly has been accused of getting too involved in running things
Reports surfaced last week that Boehly was drawing up plans to play ‘4-4-3’, while trying to impact player selection for the matchday squad.
Ferdinand slammed Boehly for his reported actions, saying he doesn’t blame Tuchel if he distances himself from the American.
“Can you get by with an extra player on the pitch?” joked the former defender. “I’ve heard those stories, they try to influence even player selection and when you get to that point you can start to understand why a manager would have some pushback.”
‘Tuchel, the personality and character he is, he wouldn’t have accepted that, other characters will do as the new owners say but Thomas Tuchel is not that guy.
Former Brighton boss Graham Potter was appointed to replace Tuchel shortly after the sacking
“Why leave the money (£280m spent in the summer transfer window) to him if you knew you were always going to get rid of him?”
Potter was named on a five-year deal the day after Tuchel left the club, a move which carries risks given the former Brighton boss’s lack of experience at the top level.
Ferdinand asked if the owner’s involvement with the team would continue, before giving Potter his full support.
“There are a lot of wild opinions being expressed behind the scenes with formations and individual players that the new owner wants out of the squad,” he said. ‘I think [Edouard] Mendy would have been one of them in terms of kicking the ball.
“I don’t know if an owner should even talk about it, the manager is there to take care of it.” You employ people who are professionals in this field. It will be interesting to see if they have that involvement with Potter.
“I think that’s a clear understanding of football. It has to be. It’s very different in American sports teams. I don’t know of any other company that allows someone at the helm to spend that money and then let someone else manage it.
“I hope it works out for him, really.”
Chelsea: Rio Ferdinand, who spoke with Thomas Tuchel a few days before his dismissal, slams Todd Boehly