Thomas Tuchel admits initial concerns over Chelsea contract length
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel admitted he had to convince himself to accept the Blues’ offer of an 18-month contract.
The former Paris Saint-Germain boss was named as the preferred replacement for Frank Lampard, who was sacked after leading Chelsea to a four-game winning streak in 11 games in all competitions, and he was flown in to take the orders of the draw 0-0. with the wolves last time.
During negotiations with Tuchel, reports on the length of his contract vary wildly. Some said four and a half years, but those who said 18 months turned out to be correct in the end, and Tuchel confessed he was surprised by the proposal initially.
“I want to be very honest with you, at first it was a concern, I was kind of like ‘oh, why 18 months?’” Tuchel confessed (via Goal). “And after a minute, I thought ‘what does that change?’
“What does it change? If they give me four and a half, they [could] send me back anyway. If they’re not happy with me, they’ll fire me anyway. And if they gave me four and a half years, they would add a clause that when they fired me, they would pay me.
“So where can I be sure I’ll be there for four and a half years?” You can not. That is the truth on this level. What is the current role of coaches? Are we in charge of the whole team and transfers as well, or not, are we totally free in everything we do or not? Are we only responsible for bad results or also good results? What is this role and where are we? “
Recently, Chelsea have gotten into the habit of offering their managers a short-term contract, Roman Abramovich apparently increasingly tired of paying huge payroll costs to part with his staff.
While the Russian’s ruthless and triggerless approach to managers has left many concerned in the past, Tuchel insisted he was not focused on the risks of such a perilous position.
“I decided not to worry too much, to be brave enough to undertake this adventure, because it was absolutely clear that I wanted to do it and I don’t want to miss the opportunity,” added the German.
“It is also my character to believe more in chances than in risks. There is absolutely, for me personally, nothing to worry about. I am very grateful to do this job at this level and I don’t want to waste my time thinking about the risks.
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