Thomas Tuchel

Chelsea sack Frank Lampard

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, has been sacked after 18 months in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Former midfielder Lampard who took over the reigns in West London after the departure of former boss Maurizio Sarri, leaves his role with the club ninth in the Premier League.

It’s been reported that former PSG manager Thomas Tuchel, is in line to take over at the West London club.

Frank Lampard’s job has been in jeopardy for some time, especially after looking like he hadn’t been able to motivate a squad that had £200 million injected into it over the summer.

Having said that in my own humble opinion, in a previous article, which can be found here;

https://ayyazmalik.com/2021/01/03/lampard-for-the-sack/

I feel it was a tad harsh to disperse of the services of manager Frank Lampard.

Thomas Tuchel, who himself was sacked by PSG, will be coming into the Stamford Bridge hotseat, with unfinished business at the highest level.

If Tuchel, is indeed appointed, this will mean another high profile manager will be hired, after the one before them was fired.

Pochettino confirmed as PSG boss

PSG have confirmed the appointment of former Southampton and Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, on a deal till 30th June 2022. The former PSG player Pochettino, is back in management after getting sacked from Spurs in 2019.

French giants, Paris Saint Germain have inserted a further year option into the deal. Pochettino, replaces Thomas Tuchel, who was sacked by the French giants on 29th December after two and a half years in charge.

Mauricio Pochettino (seen as one of the best managers in club management), will have a tough challenge on his hands. PSG, are currently third in Ligue1, but are just a point off top league leaders Lyon.

Just like, it rains Manchester … another of life’s certainties (especially in recent years) is that PSG win the league title and at a canter too.

On the pitch, it’s arguably becoming more of an even playing field, but off the pitch the former Tottenham manager will have to deal with the speculation that star forward Kylian Mbappe seems destined to move to Real Madrid.

The French club, behind the scenes are doing all they can to prevent this of course, by offering the former Monaco star a new bumper deal.

One of the things, which seemed to push Mbappe towards the exit was his relationship with former boss Tuchel, so it’s important that Mauricio Pochettino establishes a good relationship with Mbappe quickly. Fellow forward Neymar’s future was also a topic of hot debate, but this doesn’t quite seem to be the case now.

In his previous jobs, the 48-year old Pochettino, has been with clubs, although respectable in stature, but maybe not with the war chest of finances that would be available at PSG.

Having said the Parisians have tightened the belt somewhat, the past few seasons, but with the endless supply of youth talent available at the Parc De Princes.

Pochettino is arguably embarking in a journey similar to the journey he made from the South Coast England, to North West London to Tottenham.

At White Hart Lane the 48-year old was able to develop Harry Kane into the world class forward he is today and also help Hardy Winks fulfil his undoubted potential.

This managerial appointment of Mauricio Pochettino , has the potential to be the match made in heaven, will it? Only time will tell.

Football’s silly season

It is the season to be jolly they say. For the people of the football community it can be anything but.

For footballers, they will feel the strain no doubt, of the sheer amount of games in this very short period.

That might be tough on players, but for managers they have a different stress to deal with, the stress of the mind potentially and if they’re still going to be a job come spring.

Football, for all its unpredictably, predictably has a period in the football calendar where there seems to be a mass exodus of managers.

This changes season by season. This seasons exodus of managers has arguably already started.

First it was now ex West Brom manager Slaven Billic who was sacked, despite his side earning a battling 1-1 draw against Manchester City a day or two before.

The other casualties have been Sheffield Wednesday parting company with former manager Tony Pulis.

Former Stoke manager was given just 13 games. The Welshman, was relieved of his duties with the Yorkshire second bottom.

Some may say this is justified, but was it really? Remember The Owls were given a point deduction due to financial troubles, so context need surely!

Cross city rivals Sheffield United, are struggling at the foot of the Premier League table. I really hope for the love of God, the owners don’t give him the chop, that would be one of the worst decisions ever.

In the case of Sheffield Wednesday, who could they have got who’s better than Pulis? There’s not many and the former Palace manager has never been relegated in his proud managerial career.

Many fans no doubt, will argue if he keeps The Baggies up, it was worth it.

West Brom, who I mentioned earlier, have arguably made a safe appointment in Sam Allardyce, but football principals will be lost.

The last managerial name that I wanted to mention was now former PSG manager Thomas Tuchel.

Former Dortmund man Tuchel, was sacked despite last year winning Ligue 1 and getting all the way to the final in last years Champions League.

Former Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino, is tipped to take the reigns at the Parc De Princes.

After these Managerial changes, I would hope there would be no more, but this is the world of football management. I am not holding my breath

PSG sack boss Tuchel

This time of year is a busy period in the calendar for everyone, of all shapes and forms and all walks of life.

This time is arguably the busiest for football players, managers and everyone who is associated with a football alike.

Now, I am not telling an emotional tale, trying to garner support for football stars, but their hefty pay packets arguably cushioning the blow of having to endure such a busy period.

For French champions PSG, the people that run the club, now have more work added to their schedule in what is an already busy schedule.

The Parisians, announced that former German manager Thomas Tuchel has been sacked, despite last year guiding the Parc De Princes outfit to a maiden Champions League final appearance last year.

Predictably a Ligue1 title was secured, but the atmosphere at the French club just seemed a bit toxic.

Neymar seemed to have a fractious relationship with the former Borussia Dortmund manager Tuchel as did Kylian Mbappe, the wantaway French star who has taken his game to even higher levels since switching Monaco’s Stade Louis for Paris’ Parc De Princes.

To add further salt to the wounds, record goalscorer Edison Cavani left, arguably partly down to the rift with Neymar and penalty-taking duties.

Despite Tuchel’s impressive achievements, the fact that the 47-year old seemed to not get along with Leonardo, the clubs sporting director and the three superstar forwards they had on their books.

This ultimately derailed and overshadowed Thomas Tuchel’s time in the French capital. PSG, are said to have a replacement waiting in the wings, in former player Mauricio Pochettino.

The former Spurs boss has been out of work since getting sacked by North London side Tottenham Hotspur. As for German Thomas Tuchel, he shouldn’t be short of suitors. Yes, he’s been sacked by PSG, but as have Carlo Ancelotti, Unai Emery and Laurent Blanc. Just maybe, the Paris Saint Germain job, although may be seen as a dream job, is, in fact, a nightmare, only time will tell.